For many individuals, New Years is a transformative time. It's when we can take a look back on the year behind us and make some productive or healthy resolutions to make life better in the upcoming year.
New Year's resolutions are not only for individuals looking to lose weight or quit smoking; it's also a great idea to make some resolutions for your home. Here are some examples of New Year's resolutions to make your home better in 2017:
Save Money on Interest with an Extra Mortgage Payment
One of the best ways to drastically reduce your mortgage term and actually save money in the long-term is by making a few extra mortgage payments. Whether it's making a large lump sum payment or simply adding a little bit more each time you pay, you could easily shave years off your mortgage and save tens of thousands of dollars in interest.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
If you've noticed rising energy bills, it might be time to do something about it. Switching to energy-efficient appliances will not only help reduce your carbon footprint, but it will help you save money on your monthly energy bills. Some great ways to become more energy-efficient include replacing your old water heater, getting your ducts and air filters cleaned, using a programmable thermostat, using the ceiling fan when you can, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, and keeping your lights turned off when you aren't using them.
Invest in Water and Air Purification Systems
At any given moment, your home could be exposed to numerous contaminants and bacteria. From the drinking water to the air inside your home, a great way to protect your family from illness is with air and water purification systems. These units also help save you money because you'll be buying less bottled water and your HVAC systems will be exposed to less debris in order to work more efficiently.
Take on a DIY Project
As a homeowner, there are probably numerous to-do lists that you're ignoring because you simply don't feel like you have the time to do them. In 2017, make it a resolution to try at least one DIY project you've been thinking about. Whether it's caulking the bathroom, planting a garden, painting your ceiling or building a tree house for the kids, you'll feel great after accomplishing something for your home.
Declutter Your Space By Eliminating Unnecessary "Stuff"
Decluttering books and programs on TV have been popular over the last few years, and for a good reason. Getting extra stuff out of your home will make it easier to clean and maintain while also freeing up valuable storage space for things you may want in the future. Of course, doing the whole house at once can be overwhelming. Instead, tackle it in a few different stages. For example, you can go room by room working until each is complete. Or, you can think about it in terms of categories and go through all the clothing at once, books, tools, kitchen supplies, and so on. Try to find a good home for the things you're getting rid of, especially if they're in good shape. Consider donating to local charities or hosting a yard sale to clear your clutter.
If buying or selling a home is one of your New Years resolutions, contact the experts at Military Homes Search. Our experienced team can help you find what you're looking for. Call 719-373-196 or toll-free at 800-205-6170 for help in Colorado Springs today.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.