Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
Judie Docs, Executive Officer – CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM
North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) www.ncbia.com
The beginning of 2023 is the perfect time to start planning for a home project. To keep your space comfortable and functioning correctly, it’s essential to keep up with home maintenance. You’ll be surprised by how a refresh or clean-up can be fun and personally rewarding. So here are a few new year’s resolutions for your home.
Add Space to Increase Your Comfort. After spending more time at home during the pandemic, many homeowners began to reevaluate their living spaces and want more of it. According to the National Association of Home Builders recent analysis of U.S. Census data, the average size of a new single-family home is 2,506 square feet. If you’re ready to expand your space, contact the NCBIA to find an experienced builder or remodeler. A residential construction industry professional can guide the feasibility of your project, estimates, zoning, building codes and the permitting process.
Refresh Your Floors. Taking steps to refresh your home in the new year doesn’t always require a significant renovation. One way to liven up your living space is to replace your floors. Style and décor aren’t the only factors to consider when selecting new floors. Other features you’ll want to consider when replacing the floors in your home are durability, the amount of moisture in the area of your home you plan to refresh, and maintenance. Connect with a professional remodeler to help you evaluate what works best for your home.
Spruce Up Your Lawn. A well-manicured front lawn can make all the difference in beautifying your home’s exterior. If your yard needs attention, start with a basic clean-up. Try pruning trees, trimming shrubs, and removing weeds. Once your yard is cleared, consider planting a tree or adding flowers for a fresh look this year.
Increase Your Energy Efficiency. There are a variety of ways to reduce energy consumption in your home. One step is replacing heating, cooling, or water heaters with more energy-efficient units. If your appliances are new or energy-efficient, remember to do regular maintenance so your units can run optimally. Installing drapes and shades on windows are easy and low-cost ways to regulate the temperatures in your home.
Declutter Your Home. Another year has gone by, so you may have accumulated more items in your home. By decluttering your home, you may find that you have the space you need. Experts recommend clearing your home room by room to avoid feeling overwhelmed. To help manage what stays and what goes, sort items by type: toss, keep, reuse/repair, recycle and donate.
For more information about home repairs or renovations contact, contact the NCBIA. The NCBIA is your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the industry tab).
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