Can you believe the new year is almost here? Neither can we! The holidays came and went in a rush, and now here we are, making our New Year’s resolutions.
While a lot of people are making plans to hit the gym and cut calories, there’s an overlooked source of this time-honored tradition: your home.
There’s a lot to procrastinate on regarding your home. However, much-needed home repairs or upgrades don’t get better with time. This year, it could just be a loose shingle which could turn into an ice dam next year!
That’s why we’re recommending some New Year’s resolutions for your home. By implementing these five resolutions, you can save money, time, and your sanity. You an even improve the quality of your home
1. Cut down on energy use
One great way to cut down on energy use is to make sure your windows and doors are free from drafts. If you notice that a room with a window, entry door, or sliding door is chillier in the winter and balmy in the summer, a draft in the window or door could be the culprit. Worse? The draft is driving up your energy bills! Resolve to cut your energy usage and spending by addressing drafts this year.
2. Go low maintenance
An easy way to do that is to inspect your siding and roofing and see if anything needs to be repaired. Better yet, if you have older siding or roofing that needs to be replaced, now’s the time to invest in siding that will lower your energy bill, be better equipped at keeping out the elements, including pests, and last longer so you won’t have to make repairs or replacements as often.
3. Let the Sunshine in!
Getting more sunshine and fresh air is a great New Year’s Resolution. Whether you want to spend more time in nature, away from your screen, or just working out in the Great Outdoors, sunshine has some physical health benefits (in moderation), and a ton of mental and emotional benefits.
Let’s be honest. Michigan isn’t great for everyone to get outside all times of the year, especially people susceptible to slip and falls in the winter and extreme temperatures in the winter and summer. Plus, sometimes, you don’t want to leave your comfy home. The good news? You don’t need to. If you have a sunroom in your home, you can enjoy the sunshine without needing to step outside.
Even if a sunroom isn’t an investment you can make, there are other ways to enjoy the sunshine without compromising your health and safety. A patio cover can let you enjoy gentle summer breezes while keeping you in the shade.
4. Upgrade that bathroom
It’s common knowledge that most accidents happen in one particular room. On top of that, thanks to all the water in your bathroom, it’s susceptible to mold, water damage, and erosion more so than other places in your home.
If it’s been some time since you’ve upgraded your bathtub or shower, or if you want to turn your old tub into a shower, we can help you. Plus, we’ll walk you through options to make slips and falls less likely. If you’re waiting to finance or saving to invest in a new bathroom, you can keep an eye out for potential problems meanwhile. Speaking of ….
5. More vigilance
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. As you clean your house and make your routine checks, being more vigilant about when to fix a problem, what a problem looks like, and when it’s time to call a specialist about a possible replacement is something everyone can do better about.
Through the upcoming year, if you need assistance with a problem with your windows, siding, roofing, tub, shower, and more, give us a call! We’ll be more than happy to help you out. If you already know what you want to do but aren’t sure what kind of investment you need, receive a free estimate here!