Home Resolutions to Strive for This New Year

Every January, lots of people sign up for the gym, promise to finish projects, or declare that this year is where they turn their life around. Although self-improvement is good, why not have some goals for your home this year, too? Below are areas to focus on that will improve your home and, by extension, how you operate within your home.

1. Make Your Home Safer

Family safety is always needed, but now is a perfect time to take the initiative on home protection. Home fire prevention is one crucial goal to complete for your home. Getting a fire extinguisher and updating detectors are easy ways to safeguard your house. Securing your home from intruders is another area to examine. Have a Craftsman install a door brace, a deadbolt, or even reinforce weak points in your entryways. They can even install a smart doorbell you may have seen a neighbor add. Take the time to make these updates, or have a Craftsman do it.

2. Clean and Organize Your Home

Something we are all probably struggling with, now that we are operating from home is keeping things organized and clean. Now is the perfect time to take all the clutter from the past year and finally get re-organized. Here you can find a list of places to start that will make a huge difference. Once it is all organized, another goal you can implement is creating a new weekly cleaning routine. Then you can stay on top of the clutter more consistently. You will have a home where you can focus on some of your other resolutions.

3. Update Your Kitchen / Bathroom

This home resolution is likely the most exciting. Take some time to upgrade either your kitchen or bathroom. You don’t have to do full renovations, either, to make a difference. A Craftsman can make just a few tweaks, and the whole room will feel fresh and new. A new coat of paint or a fixture upgrade are just some of the ways you can do something different for your home this year.

If tackle these resolutions, your home will be ready for the new year. A call to your local Ace Handyman Services can check most of these resolutions done in just one appointment. Don’t let a better home slip away from you this year.

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We All Dream of Being More Organized, Don’t We?

A new year is upon us… phew! 2020 may not have gone the way you wanted, but there is still so much potential to fulfill your goals in the upcoming year. To get a fresh start, get organized and clear out anything you don’t need anymore, make your home more peaceful, and set yourself up for an awesome year. 

Clean Out that Junk Drawer 

Yes, we all have one or even several of them. Maybe it’s your bathroom cabinet that’s a mess, the hall closet, or that drawer in the kitchen you can barely open. Empty the space completely and throw away any trash and unused items. Sort items in boxes, bins or use dividers—you can even bust out the label maker you’ve been waiting to use!  

Declutter your Desk or Workspace 

Whether you’re working from home or in an office, clean and organize your workspace. This will help you feel more productive and accomplished while working. Go through all your paperwork and throw away or shred documents you do not need. Refresh all your pens, scissors, tape, paperclips, etc. Install shelves so you can fully utilize your desk and create a perfect space to store and organize your work.  Not only will a refreshed and organized workspace help make you more productive, having a comfortable, new office space might be a great work-attitude adjustment, too! 

Organize your Garage 

You may have to dedicate a weekend day for this task, but it sure will make the difference you need for the New Year. Pull everything out that’s in the way and create zones for items that can be trashed or recycled. Then think vertical—putting in some cabinets and overhead storage are all options to getting a clutter-free zone. Put your least-used items on the top shelves and store items you want easy access to in the middle, so you have easy access. And when you’re done, you may actually have room to park your car – what a concept! 

These three ways to make your dream of being more organized are a great start to kick off 2021. And if you’d like some assistance in installing storage, shelves and creating vertical organization, your local Ace Handyman Services office is always willing to step in and make your dream a reality of becoming more organized in 2021.   

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Start the New Year off with Some Quick Home Improvement Projects

The holidays are in full swing, and with them, the most challenging year we’ve ever had to face. It’s likely that with sheltering at home, your house saw more wear and tear in 2020 than in any other year up until now. This would be a great time to do a quick assessment of the things around your place that could use a touch-up or some repair.

Consider replacing door and cabinet hardware.  This is a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen, bathroom and other areas a facelift with new door handles, locksets and cabinetry hardware.

If you haven’t already installed programmable thermostats, it’s time to consider making the change.  This improvement project enables homeowners to customize heating and cooling to suit their needs and save as much as 10% on heating bills in the process.

And speaking of saving money on heating, how well insulated is your house?  Consider engaging the services of a home energy auditor to determine just exactly where your greatest heat loss is occurring.  The average cost of a professional audit is just around $400, but it can easily pay off in the long run.  Or check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for tips on how to conduct your own audit, if you’d prefer to avoid paying a professional to do the job for you. Your attic is the most likely culprit, but the seams around doors and windows are possible causes, as well.  Applying some caulking or installing weatherstripping can go long way toward keeping in the heat in winter and the cooler air in summer.

Insulating your attic is a considerably and more expensive project, of course, but well worth it in the long run.  It will lower your energy bill 5 to 10 percent each month.

Are you looking to refurbish a room or two without spending a lot?  Crown molding is a great way to give a room a facelift without a lot of time and trouble.  You might also consider refurbishing a door with a fresh coat of paint, changing out the knobs, or even adding a bit of molding to give it a sense of dimension.

These are just a few suggestions for a mid-winter home upgrade.  Most can be accomplished in a day or less.  And if your own craft skills aren’t quite up to the challenge, remember that you can always call your local Ace Handyman Services office to arrange for a visit from a helpful, courteous and professional Craftsman to help you love your home just a little bit more in 2021!

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