THURSDAY TIPS House Resolutions To Start The New Year Off Right

THURSDAY TIPS House Resolutions To Start The New Year Off Right

Have you made a 2016 resolution yet?   Ummmm...me neither.  Yet.  What I have made is a decision to "fix up" my house, a little bit at a time.  Here are seven tips you can use to better your own property.  Don't feel like bettering your house in D/FW and just want to move into a new one?  I can help you both sell your current one, and purchase a new one.  Or even lease if that is the route you would like to take.  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com


7 One-and-Done Resolutions to Start the New Year Right


Resolution #1: Use less energy.

One-step solution:
Install a programmable thermostat.

Thermostat


The bulk of your energy costs will be spent heating and cooling your home. Put a dent in that bill with a thermostat that’ll keep your house comfortable when you’re home to enjoy it, and saves energy when you’re not. You’ll spend less than $100 for a basic model.

Resolution #2: Save water.

One-step solution:
Get a rain barrel.

Rain barrel


Irrigate your lawn for free with a rain barrel, which can save 1,300 gallons of water and lower your water bill. You’ll spend $35-$200 on a commercial barrel, or you can save more money by making one yourself from castoff food-grade containers. A 55-gallon syrup drum is about $10.

Resolution #3: Decrease your chances of a home fire.

One-step solution:
Schedule a chimney inspection.

Chimney


Creosote, birds’ nests, and other debris can clog your chimney, causing a home fire risk, but an inspection will sweep those problems away.


Resolution #4: Beef up your home security.

One-step solution:
Install outdoor motion sensor lights.

These lights, which plug into ordinary wall outlets, provide a security boost by illuminating your home’s exterior when anything moves outside.


Resolution #5: Make the most of your storage space.

One-step solution:
Pitch everything you haven’t used in a year.

The first step in gaining storage space is decluttering. We’ve got ideas for how to responsibly get rid of hazardous materials, old technology, kids’ stuff, books, and more. Bonus: It won’t cost you a penny.

Resolution #6: Save money on your insurance premiums.

One-step solution:
Assess your home owners policy.

First determine what kind of coverage you have now, then assess how much you really need. If you’re able to raise your deductible, you’ll pay a lower premium per month.

Resolution #7: Prepare your family in case of a disaster.

One-step solution:
Make an evacuation and communication plan.

If disaster strikes, you’ll be ready: Document your escape routes, designate a meeting place in case family members are scattered, and assign a “communication commander” who will relay messages between loved ones. Don’t forget to include your pets!

http://www.houselogic.com/blog/maintenance-repair/ideas-for-new-year-resolutions/



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