A new year is a chance for new beginnings and the perfect time to make resolutions to help you live your best life. If you’re like most people, your resolutions are likely related to your health and finances. We suggest also focusing on the place you probably spend most of your time—your Colorado Springs home!
A clean, comfortable, and well-maintained home can do wonders for your well-being. By nurturing your living space, you can create an environment where you can recharge, spend quality time with family and friends, and even amp up your productivity. Plus, keeping your home up-to-date and in order can add to your home’s value.
Whether you’ve just moved into a new home, want to spruce up an older space, or are planning on selling your home this year, these are a few New Year’s resolutions for your Colorado Springs home that will enhance your living space.
Check Up on Safety
Safety should be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to your home. There’s no point to living in a beautiful house if you’re potentially at risk of fires or a health hazard. Do a thorough check of your home to make sure you are taking the necessary precautions.
Install smoke detectors or check to see that the ones you have are working properly. It’s always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy in high-risk areas like the kitchen. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to use it. You can also get a radon testing kit and install carbon monoxide detectors.
Create a Cleaning Plan
Cleaning may be one of the least enjoyable things to do around the house, but if you leave it for too long, it can get out of control. One way to make sure you stay on top of it is to create a cleaning plan. You can break it down into manageable chunks like scheduling a deep clean of one room a week or a dedicated day for a particular task like windows.
Stock up on cleaning supplies so that you have everything you need ready to go on the appointed day. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies like corners, cabinets, and behind bookcases. A clean house will feel and smell better and look newer for longer.
Spruce Up Your Yard
If you live in a single-family home in Colorado Springs, chances are you have some yard space to work with. Why not make the outdoors look just as orderly and attractive as the inside? By putting some thought and energy into your yard, you can create an inviting space to spend time with loved ones and add to the value of your home.
Start by clearing out dead branches, brush and weeds. Add sod for a lush lawn or drought-resistant plants. Plant a garden where you can grow attractive flowers, foliage or herbs and vegetables. A little bit of landscaping can go a long way to adding beauty to your home.
Reduce Your Energy Use
Cutting back on your energy use can have multiple benefits including reducing your costs and the impact you have on the environment. It can also extend the life of your appliances and household systems such as the HVAC system, furnace, and water pump.
Start small by turning off the lights when you leave a room and turning down the heat at night. LED lights use less energy and last longer than conventional light bulbs. You may also want to consider installing solar panels, swapping out old appliances for energy-saving models, and fixing leaky faucets.
Schedule Maintenance Calls and Set Reminders
Living in a city with four seasons like Colorado Springs means that there are a number of maintenance jobs you will need to do throughout the year to make sure your home is functioning at its best. Heating, cooling, gutters, and patios will all need attention.
Take some time at the beginning of the year to think about what needs to be done and when, then schedule maintenance checks and add them to your calendar. For example, you can schedule gutter cleaning for the spring and fall, air conditioning servicing in the spring, and furnace check-ups in the fall.
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