It is once again time to put together a list of resolutions for the new year! As a homeowner, there are many things you’d probably like to do, but it’s challenging to know where to begin. So, to get your 2022 resolutions started on the right foot, here are seven New Year’s resolution ideas for homeowners at all stages in the homeowning process.
1. Make Extra Mortgage Payments
Whether you’re close to paying off your mortgage or just getting started, you can make it a goal for 2022 to make extra payments. This will take you one step closer to paying off your mortgage and enable you to pay less interest in the long run.
2. Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Home
Routine maintenance just comes with being a homeowner. For some specific ideas, you can check your carbon monoxide and radon detectors, change the filter in your HVAC system every month, clean your gutters, check your pipes, or maintain your lawn – or all of them! This is an achievable resolution that also helps you stay on top of things around the house.
3. Build an Emergency Kit
Whether you live in an area hit by hurricanes (like here in Florida) or you just want to be prepared for shelter-in-place orders or evacuations, you should take the time to build an emergency kit. Remember to store lots of nonperishable food, toilet paper, flashlights, emergency radios, first-aid supplies, and copies of all identifications, birth certificates, and important documents.
4. Reduce Your Energy Consumption
The cost of electricity is high, so it might be time to think about reducing your energy consumption. Whether you want to switch to solar power, convert your home to a smart home, or simply use less energy, there are many ways to reduce your consumption and lower your electricity bill.
5. Minimize Your Belongings
Minimizing, organizing, and decluttering your home has countless benefits. It can reduce stress, save you money, get rid of allergens, and could even give you a better night’s sleep. Don’t let all that clutter and stress follow you into the new year – make this a 2022 New Year’s resolution and take back your home.
6. Create an Inventory List for Your Home
If something happens to your home, you’ll need a list of your belongings to provide to your insurance provider. So, it’s wise to create an itemized inventory list of everything you own, from the valuable to the sentimental – and taking pictures is recommended. This allows you to provide concrete proof of ownership and enables you to create this list in real-time rather than relying on your memory after the fact.
7. Choose a DIY Renovation and Complete It
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous this year, why not choose a DIY renovation project and actually complete it? Whether you want to redo your bathroom, install a kitchen island, or build a deck for the backyard – 2022 is the year to make it happen!
Interested in Selling Your Home in 2022?
Of course, if you’ve found that your house is a little too cramped, your family is growing out of it, or you simply want to move on, maybe it’s time to sell your home and find something new. If you’re interested in homes for sale in St. Augustine or anywhere in Northeast Florida, contact the Welch Team today! We’d be happy to help you achieve your 2022 New Year’s resolutions.