New Years Resolutions for Your Home

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

Home Improvement Tasks for 2019

2019 is a year full of energy and potential and while many of us are declaring New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, it is also a great time to focus on changes to your house. The best part about setting resolutions for your home is you don’t have to tackle them every single day. Instead, these are tasks you can schedule on your calendar now for once a quarter and still reap the benefits of positive results.

Declutter Every Room.

This task is often a popular one for homeowners at the beginning of a new year; it is also one that gets brushed aside once you feel overwhelmed. However, once you get through the initial phase and commit to it throughout the year, it is a lot easier than you think. Start by walking through each room in your house or apartment. Collect the items that you don’t use, haven’t touched in six months, and no longer match your style tastes in a bin or box. From there, open drawers and closets and remove items you don’t need. Schedule a time every quarter to get rid of clutter by adding it as an appointment to your calendar. By tackling it throughout the year, the process is much more manageable.

Cut Energy Costs.

The good news about cutting energy costs is you don’t have to invest in solar panels to see results. Energy can be wasted in a number of ways depending on how old your home is. Start by sealing HVAC ducts you can reach with duct sealant or mastic to reduce leaks. Other ways to cut energy costs is to install insulated windows and checking your attic for adequate insulation and holes that let heat out. Other ways to reduce costs include turning the lights off in rooms that are not in use, turning computers off nightly, set the heat or AC at a different temperature when you are away, and install LED light bulbs.

Schedule Necessary Inspections.

Calling on the professionals to inspect appliances, systems, and the structure of the home is essential to maximizing the life of the home’s key components. Homeowners should schedule HVAC checkups twice a year along with roof inspections. Doing both of these regularly will help assure your home isn’t wasting energy.

Organize One Space Every Month.

Make a list now of the spaces that need help with organization. Set aside time every month to tackle one of these spaces. Once you have a list, create a wishlist of items you need to properly organize including bins and storage systems. Price them out now and set aside a portion of your budget each month.

Decide on Big Projects Now.

Do you have a wishlist of renovation projects for 2019 and beyond? Put your ideas on paper at the beginning of the year and prioritize what you want to accomplish. By having a plan, you will spend less time later analyzing, stressing, and deciding what to do first.

Create a Space You Enjoy.

Lastly, make your home a space you enjoy spending time in. Add plants, flowers, energizing scents, and beautiful focal pieces that inspire you and make you smile.

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Winter Home Improvement Projects

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Home Improvement Projects for the Winter Months

As the temperatures continue to fall, many homeowners in Pennsylvania and Maryland find themselves stuck indoors more than usual. If you’re looking for something to do that leaves you feeling accomplished, there are plenty of home improvement projects that you can tackle indoors this winter. Before you forge ahead, the professional roofing contractors at Bealing Roofing in Hanover PA put together a list of home improvement projects that increase property value and decrease energy costs year-round.

Enhance Walls with Modern Touches

Are your walls still the same dull white from the day you moved in or that popular mustard yellow from the 1970’s? Adding a coat of fresh paint can take your home from drab to warm and inviting overnight. For some creative inspiration, take a look at these top 15 paint colors for 2018.

If painting isn’t necessary, it might be time to update trim, add crown molding, or additional accents to give your home a more modern appearance.

Add a Backsplash in the Kitchen

Adding a backsplash in the kitchen is a great way to spruce up the area without spending thousands of dollars. The best part of this project is that homeowners get to channel their inner personalities with the endless number of tiles available at local home improvement stores.

Add Insulation in the Attic

While adding insulation to the attic isn’t as exciting as painting or designing a backsplash, it is a valuable task. Not having the proper amount of attic insulation is often times the culprit of high energy bills in summer and winter. Contact a professional roofing company to inspect the roof as well as the attic insulation to find out how much insulation they recommend you add.

Replace Windows

If windows are more than 20 years old, they might be letting unwanted air into your home and valuable heat out of your home during the winter months. Fall and early winter is a great time to replace windows with energy-efficient versions that will help with energy costs year-round.

Upgrade your Doors

More than likely, if you have 20-year old windows, your doors are just as old causing some of the same issues including unnecessary drafts. Installing new entry doors go a long way in reducing energy loss in the winter and summer. If doors just need a little sprucing up, consider replacing knobs or painting.