Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Tim King, President

North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA)
The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to start planning for home projects.
Maintenance projects are a great way to keep your space comfortable, functional and possibly
add value to your home. Not all projects are boring chores. Adding new space to your kitchen
or sprucing up your décor can be fun and rewarding. Here are a few new year’s resolutions for
your home.

Increase square footage. When it comes to increasing the value of your home, adding “livable”
space such as a bedroom or bathroom can make a difference. When you’re ready to expand
your space, contact the NCBIA to find and consult with a builder. A residential construction
professional can provide guidance on the feasibility of your project, estimates, zoning, building
codes and the permitting process.
Refresh floors and décor. Worn floors or dated interior home features can make your home
feel dreary. Not all flooring is expensive and sustainable options are available. Aesthetics are
important, but you should consider other factors when selecting new floors such as durability
and moisture. If you’re happy with your current flooring and need to liven up your rooms,
upgrade fixtures, lighting or add greenery to make your home more inviting.
Energize your home’s exterior. A well-maintained yard is the first step in boosting curb appeal.
A newly painted home or new door with a bold color can also make your home more attractive.
Other features to replace can be your garage door or mailbox. New lighting features such as
walkway or entryway fixtures can make your home friendly and inviting.
Take steps towards sustainability. There are many ways to reduce the energy consumption in
your home. Replacing heating, cooling or water heaters with more energy-efficient units is one
step. If your appliances are new or energy-efficient, make sure not to forget about regular
maintenance so your units can run at an optimal level. Installing drapes and shades on windows
are easy and low-cost ways to regulate the temperatures in your home. Another option for
making your home more sustainable is to conserve water. Be mindful of taking shorter
showers, turning off the water when brushing teeth and only use the dishwater when it is full. If
you already recycle, consider reducing the amount of garbage you generate by buying and
using products wisely.

Clean, clear and declutter. Cleaning and clearing your home may seem like a daunting task. You
don’t have to put off organizing your home until the spring. An easy way to tackle a whole
home decluttering project is to organize room by room and sort items by type: toss, keep,
reuse/repair, recycle and donate.

For more information about home repairs or renovations contact the NCBIA. We are 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 or call
440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).

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