Five Fabulous Resolutions for Homeowners in 2013

January is the time of year when everyone gets a clean slate.  It’s a time for change, growth, new opportunities and New Year’s Resolutions!  Even your home deserves some consideration as you make plans for the year ahead.  Add a few of these items to your resolution list for 2013 and your home and family will reap the reward in the coming year!

Be Greener!

All over the world people are finding ways to be more eco-friendly and treat our planet better.  Many changes from small to major can be made to reflect a greener lifestyle in your home.  Resolve to choose at least one way your home can become GREENER this year such as adding a programmable thermostat system or changing out plumbing to include low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets.  You’ll be saving the planet and saving cash at the same time!

Mortgage Payment Plus

Make a resolution to make an extra mortgage payment, or two…or three.  The more payments you make in a shorter period of time, the less you will end up paying in the long run.  So make a plan, set a goal and make those extra payments. 

Make a List and Check it Twice

Make a list of all of the repairs and upgrades that you would like to do in and around your home.  Be sure to consider working from the outside in.  A renovated kitchen will do you no good if the roof is shot and its leaks ruin your interior work.  Then take the time to realistically prioritize and organize the list into items you will get done in the coming year.

Kitchen Overhaul

Clean out and organize all kitchen cabinets, drawers and storage areas.  Most families’ kitchens are filled with gadgets and appliances that are rarely used.  If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s time to let it go.  Once organized well, the kitchen will allow your family to cook together and eat together benefiting you financially, improving relationships, and bettering your nutrition all at the same time!

Family Disaster Plan

No family wants to think of a disaster such as fire or weather event affecting their home, but these things do happen.  It’s important to have a plan with your family in case of emergency.  Even young children can be involved in making a family emergency plan.  Discuss and plan exit routes from the home in case of fire, where will your family meet outside of the home, who is responsible for pets?  Take the time to make a disaster plan so that everyone is prepared in the unlikely event that a tragedy occurs.

So gather your family, start your lists, and enjoy all of the benefits your home will see… and some added family time together.  More family time is on your resolution list too isn’t it?

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