We all start the New Year with our usual New Year’s Resolutions… lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time with loved ones, and more. But what I don’t hear about a lot is plans and goals for our living space. Here is a list of some things to think about in 2018 to enhance your home sweet home!
1: Declutter once and for all!
One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Each year most of us acquire tons of stuff. Without some regular purging, things tend to clutter your living space, and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. This year resolve to tackle one room a week, clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love, and donate it to charity. Fill your home with ONLY things you find beautiful and useful. Get rid of the rest!
2: Repaint those boring walls
Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the best things you can do to make your house look better and ADD VALUE. Also, changing your color scheme will make it feel like a brand new space. Try using a few splashes of color you haven’t tried before and watch your place transform before your eyes. Then, all you need is a few new accessories such as blankets, home decor or throw pillows to tie in the new design. Voila! New color, new space, happy place!
3: Deep Clean for that new year sparkle
Cleaning your dishwasher -Add a cup of vinegar to your empty dishwasher and let it run a full cycle once a month or so. Hard-water lime buildup will be rinsed away, making your spray arm and other dishwasher parts work flawlessly. Scum-proofing your tub/shower doors – Start by cleaning any mold, mildew or streaks off the glass with a glass cleaner. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get into the cracks in textured glass. Scrape off tough buildup with a razor blade. Dry the doors with a cloth. To prevent soap scum buildup, use soap in liquid or gel form… it’s less likely to leave a tough film in your sink, shower or tub.
4: Improve the safety of your home with Inexpensive Door and Window Alarms
Obviously keeping doors and windows locked is your first line of defense, but wireless alarms are a good backup. Burglars hate noises, so even a small alarm usually sends them running. The alarms are available at home centers. They don’t provide the same security as pro-installed monitored systems since the wireless devices are are only activated by doors or windows opening (not glass breaking), but it’s an extra layer of safety for a good price!
5: Flush your water heater
Most people don’t realize that draining the water heater is something we all need to do on a regular basis — especially if yours makes a banging or clanking noise every time it kicks on, which is a sign of calcium and lime deposits. Sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank means it takes longer for the flame to heat the water, preventing the unit from working efficiently. The best way to remove the sediment is to flush everything out of the tank. While this can be a DIY project, licensed plumbers are at the ready to help you as well. On average, most flushing jobs will cost between $80 and $100, but it’s definitely worth it. It will lengthen the life of your water heater and cost you less money in the long run.
And if your New Year’s Resolution is to find a new perfect place to call home, give The Peters Company a call! We would be delighted to help!
Written by Kimber Bond, Marketing Director, The Peters Company