This time of year is all about making resolutions for our personal care, so how about some for the health and welfare of our home. Take advantage of the momentum and commitment that a new year brings and plan some of the following to improve and maintain your most valuable asset.

  • Out with the old – There is little more satisfyingt han de-cluttering and purging unused items.New gifts and goodies accompany the holiday season, so this is a great time to sort through those things that are no longer needed.

  • Renovate or Redecorate – There always seems to be projects on our list that we put off, so now might be the time to plan your next home improvement venture. 

  • Honey Do List – It is important to do regular maintenance on your home. Get out a calendar and work out a schedule for the year for all the ongoing tasks that need attention. Writing them down will help keep you on track.

  • Mortgage Management – Scheduling one extra payment per year or adding a set amount to be deducted monthly from your principal can significantly reduce the life of your loan and build equity quickly on your home.

  • Hardscape or Landscape – While the weather is cold most people don’t think about outdoor living but now is the time to get those projects planned and scheduled. If you wait until spring, most companies have an abundance of work and are booked out several months in advance. They are also much less likely to offer you favorable prices during their busy season.

    According to a Nielsen Analytics study their statistics show that only 64 percent of New Year resolutions last longer than the first month, and only 46 percent last more than six months. So, get ahead of the curve and get those projects planned before the momentum of the season fades into the activity of the year.

    Happy New Year and may 2019 be filled with the blessings of love, friendship, joy, warmth, and laughter. 

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