While you might be making some new year’s resolutions for yourself such as getting in shape, set these 5 goals to get your home in great shape too! Decide that 2020 will be the year of improvement based on 20/20 hindsight of repairs of the past.
Book a HeyBryan Expert to do home tasks you don’t have the time or tools to do, so your home can be the best version of itself this year. Here’s what to do…
Make your home safe
One of the easiest ways to make your home safe is with detectors and security systems. Install (or replace the batteries) in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Have fire extinguishers placed in many different areas such as your kitchen, laundry room, near bedrooms, the basement and garage. Install a security system, motion detector lights, cameras and security company signage or stickers on doors, windows, gates or in your garden.
De-clutter and donate
Clear out junk and donate it to charity if it’s still in good shape. Otherwise sell it online, dispose of it in your garbage or have it picked up (we can help here with junk removal) and delivered to a disposal centre. Buy storage containers that you can label for the items you are keeping. Install shelving and racks wherever they will help keep things organized.
Lower your home’s utility bills
To lower your utility bills, install a programmable thermostat that will manage the heating and cooling of your home based on your schedule. Use free solar power – open the curtains on the sunny side of your home in winter, and close them in summer to keep your home cool. Unplug appliances that you aren’t using and run your electric washing machine, dishwasher and air conditioner when hydro rates are lowest.
Schedule regular home cleanings
A clean house is a healthy house that operates well. Inside, dust, sweep, vacuum and wash regularly so that dirt doesn’t scratch surfaces and mold doesn’t grow. Schedule regular cleanings with HeyBryan. Outside, clear away debris where critters can hide and do damage. Keep lawns and gardens tidy so pests don’t take over. Keep your deck, patio, porch, driveway and walkways protected with the appropriate sealant, and clear off weeds and dirt that can cause cracks.
Perform regular home maintenance checks
Do seasonal maintenance checks inside and out. Inside, check all your appliances, to ensure filters and vents are clear and clean. Inspect plumbing fixtures for drips and leaks. Test electrical outlets. Inspect your basement for cracks and the attic for critters.
Outside, do a perimeter inspection from top to bottom. Are the shingles on your roof secure and gutters and downspouts clear? Check that windows and doors are in good shape and airtight. Does your foundation have cracks or dips, any entry points for pests that need plugging? Take a close look at decking, porches, pillars and balconies to ensure they are structurally sound and not rotting from bad weather or age.
These 5 new year’s goals for your home will go a long way to detecting problems before they get bigger – sort of like personal resolutions to lose 5 pounds before it turns into 10.
If you need help with a home inspection, maintenance, repairs, pick-up and delivery, assembly or handyman services, book a HeyBryan Expert for the task. Each HeyBryan Expert has been vetted, background checked, and approved by the HeyBryan team so you can feel comfortable having an Expert in your home to complete your projects safely.