The start of a new year is a great time for resolutions. Instead of making a resolution for yourself, why not consider making a new year’s resolution for your home? Make a list of your home’s top priorities and enjoy that feeling of satisfaction when they’re done. These five tips will help you get started! It’s an excellent time to get a handle on your home insurance, review your policy and make sure it still fits your home’s needs. Contacting your insurance company may also reveal some savings too! Bundling home and auto insurance, for example, can often save money. New Year’s Resolutions for your home | Andree Craig | Key to Your HouseJanuary is also a great time to review home safety. Replace the batteries and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Having one smoke detector per floor and at least one carbon monoxide detector is a requirement of most home insurance policies. Another great goal is paying off your mortgage more quickly! Are you getting the best rate possible? Can you add an extra payment or increase your monthly payment to really make a dent in that principal? Contact your mortgage holder and have a conversation about how you can best meet your specific mortgage goals. Complete the odd jobs around the house that just seem to always be on your to-do list. Painting the trim, cleaning up painting mistakes from past quick DIY weekends, buying new vent covers, adding art to a wall to finally complete a room – all of those miscellaneous tasks that eventually get brought down on the priority list as time goes on and you always say you’ll get to, though that never happens. Make this the month that you finally cross them off! And perhaps most satisfying is decluttering! Consider choosing one room a week, or even just one closet, to organize and declutter. Donate anything you haven’t used in a year (or never liked anyway!). You’ll be amazed at how much more space you have.

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