With a new year comes resolutions to improve our health and better our lives. While many people focus on personal goals and boosting their well-being, the new year is also a great time to learn how to be a better homeowner and manage the maintenance of your house. Here is a list of easy and affordable ways to take better care of your property. By implementing these resolutions, you prolong the life of components of your home and save money.

Easy Ways to Be a Better Homeowner

1. Change the Air Filters

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to improve the health of your home is to change the air filters regularly. Dirty filters cause your HVAC system to work harder, leading to higher energy bills, polluted indoor air, and potentially damaging the system. Change the HVAC filters every 30 to 90 days, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget this essential task.

2. Be a Better Homeowner: Check for Leaks

Water leaks lead to major problems, including structural damage and mold growth, and can be expensive to repair. Take a tour of your home and check for leaks in pipes, faucets, and appliance hoses. If you discover a leak, address it immediately to prevent further damage.

3. Deep Clean Your Home

While some homeowners hire a cleaning service, thoroughly cleaning the house doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little elbow grease, you can tackle the major problem areas on your own. Clean your home from the top down, focusing on higher areas – like crown molding and trim – and cleaning the floors last. Don’t overlook areas that are commonly neglected during regular cleanings, like baseboards, blinds, and ceiling fans. A deep clean helps your home feel new again and gives you a fresh start for the new year.

4. Be a Better Homeowner: Declutter the Living Spaces

Cluttered living areas make relaxing difficult and can negatively affect your mental health. Declutter your house by getting rid of items you no longer want or need. If you haven’t used an item in six months, donate it. When assessing closets, anything that hasn’t been worn in 12 months can be donated. Give items you no longer need to local charities or host a yard sale to make extra cash.

5. Plan for Affordable Upgrades

Small updates to your home increase its value and make it a more enjoyable place to live. For example, upgrade to energy-efficient light bulbs and install low-flow showerheads to save on energy and water bills. Affordable improvements are easy and add up to significant savings over time.

Take care of your house year-round, not just when something breaks. By implementing these easy and affordable resolutions, you ensure your property is well-maintained so you can enjoy it for years. Following these tips will make you a better homeowner in the new year.

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