As we embark on a new year, you may be considering New Year’s Resolutions you will make for yourself. More exercise, more knowledge, more vegetables. The new year brings with it new beginnings, so why not make a few New Year’s Resolutions for the Homebody with these few tips?
Get Your Home Organized
Do you spend several minutes (or dare we say, hours) looking for misspaced items like receipts, car keys, eyeglasses, etc? We don’t have to tell you it’s time to get your home organized, but we can offer you tips:
Start with one room at a time, or even one drawer or closet at a time. Little victories only motivate you to continue the process. Set aside an hour a day, or more if possible, to devote yourself to the task. Start with “keep” “not sure” and “toss” piles.
Reduce Your Home’s Energy Use
No, we’re not talking solar panel installation here, just a few simple switch ups in your daily routine that might save you a lot of money.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Turn down your thermostat, or…
- Consider investing in a smart thermostat
- Lower the temp on your water heater, or…
- Switch to a tankless water heater
- Be aware of appliances that suck energy when not in use, such as desktop computers and gaming consoles
Increase Your Home’s Value with a DIY Project
You may be surprised to learn the impact of paint color on the value of your home. Zillow.com’s paint quiz takes into account which colors will bring offers in, and which colors turn buyers off.
Whatever color you decide on, paint is one of the most impactful, yet inexpensive investments you can make in your home. Roll up your sleeves and increase your home’s value with a little elbow grease.
Replace Your Old Carpet
Is is easy to follow the trails on your carpet from room to room? Is there evidence of your kid’s juice stains, or worse, your dog’s business ono your carpet? New flooring, especially hardwood and even laminate wood flooring can add several thousand dollars to the value of your home. USA Today states 54% of home buyers are willing to pay upwards of $2,000 more for hardwood flooring.
Update Your Curb Appeal
- First impressions count, and landscaping is a quick way to boost the value of your home.
- Plant classic foliage
- Prune overgrown hedges and plants
- Keep your lawn manicured
- Add outdoor lighting
New Year’s Resolutions for the Homebody only cost as much as you’re ready to spend, and let’s be real, these resolutions are probably much easier to keep than the ones you make for yourself.