It’s Time To Start Thinking Of New Year’s Resolutions For The Home

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When we think of New Year’s resolutions, we often think of phrases like eating healthier or quitting smoking — certain vices that we should get rid of or hobbies we should start. As we approach the end of this year, why not create a different resolutions list — this time, for your home.

You’ve likely looked around your home throughout the year and noticed several projects that you’ve promised yourself you’ll take care of eventually. Making resolutions for the home is a great way to start committing your time and energy to those projects, so your home can look its best.

First Impressions

When guests arrive at your home, the first thing they’ll see is its exterior. Investing in the outside features of your home is as important as the inside. The best part about an exterior project? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to make an impact.

For added color and warmth, add a flower bed on each side of your front door or front porch and choose flowers or greenery that are both manageable and fit for your home’s aesthetic. If you’re looking for something low maintenance, ferns and perennial geranium are popular choices. If you have the time and appreciate gardening, dahlias are a beautiful addition, but they do require lifting and bringing indoors in the winter.

A centrepiece of any refreshed exterior is, of course, the front door. Depending on your tastes, sometimes simply a fresh primer and coat of paint can breathe new life into the exterior of the home. In other cases, a brand new door can add a more modern element without opening up walls. For added customization, you can design your own door and create something that speaks to your personality.

Increasing Value

Even if you’re not considering selling your home, there’s no reason why you can’t choose renovations that will also add equity to your home. These projects are typically less glamorous but can make a significant impact on the quality of the home — from attic insulation to protect from harsh weather to fixing any loose shingles on the roof, which can help keep local wildlife out. These types of projects have most likely evaded your list because they don’t catch your eye right away, but their long-term advantages are worth their investment.

Energy Efficiency in the New Year

If you live in colder climates, you’ve likely noticed how hard your furnace and hot water heater have to work if your home isn’t as energy efficient as it could be. This year, make a commitment to transform your home with eco-friendly upgrades, which are not only helpful to the environment but can also put more money back into your pocket.

On the simple side, switching your light bulbs to LED can save significant energy costs, while more extensive upgrades, like appliances and thermostats, are a higher upfront cost but will yield long-term results that you can bank on.