A New Year’s resolution for your home because there’s nothing better than a clean home, and it’s a great way to begin a new year.

Many of us, whether we rent or own, tend to overlook the little things but even the little things can make a huge impact on our homes.  Let’s start with the inside:

A New Year's Resolution for your home

Check the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  There is nothing worse than hearing the chirp of a dying smoke detector in the middle of the night.  Set a reminder on your google calendar to change the batteries every few months.

Clean your clothes dryer vent.   Lint builds up over time and can be a fire hazard.  Plus, lint buildup can stop your dryer from working efficiently.

Clean your vents and registers. Mold, dirt and dust get stuck in and even build up in these areas.  Wipe down vent covers and vacuum out the register.  If you find signs of mold contact a professional HVAC cleaner. 

Vacuum under all bedding and flip those mattresses (you CAN vacuum your mattress!). Mattresses are often overlooked when it comes to TLC, and they shouldn’t since they’re used every day!

Vacuum your fridge coils.  We rarely move the fridge out of its place, meaning that you could have a nice buildup of dust behind, under, and on top of it.  If you have a drain pan under the fridge, clean it out with bleach. 

Remove the head of your water facets to clean the screens.  Grit and other particles buildup and can impede water flow. 

Rotate and clean ceiling fans. Dust accumulates year-round, regardless of whether fans are being used or not. Wipe down the blades, and rotate clockwise in the winter; counterclockwise in the summer.

Change your furnace air filters. If you have a forced-air furnace the filters should be changed ever few months. The air filters prevent many pollutants from entering your living spaces, and if they haven’t been changed in a while, there’s a high possibility your furnace isn’t working at peak efficiency. That added strain on the motor can shorten its life.

If you have a wood fireplace, have it professionally cleaned. This is important for those living in winter climates. Chimney maintenance is vital, and by cleaning it you’ll guarantee no blockages or buildup of Creosote, and it will work at maximum capacity.

Check seals around windows and doors.   Even tiny cracks can cause effect heating bills and let pollen and dust inside. 

The beginning of a new year is a great time to start thinking of things you’d like to work on or replace in the coming year. Think about how long tasks will take, the costs for any materials, how much time you’ll need to complete the tasks, and the best time of year for it to happen. If you’re looking to make some resolutions for yourself this year, don’t forget about your home! Happy New Year from the realtor team of Audrey and Kip