5 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in January!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professional Associates

By: Gabriela Barkho

 

Start looking for that contractor NOW if you want your project done by summer’s end.

 

Whew. The holidays are done. The new year has rung in.

That’s when smart homeowners know it’s time to do these five things that’ll save time, money, and hassles all year long:

 

#1 Organize Your Seasonal Storage Space:

Packing away holiday decor presents a big opportunity. It’s the best time to sort, declutter, and reorganize that space where you store your seasonal stuff.

So before simply stuffing your holiday things back in there somewhere, take inventory, then sort, filter, donate, trash, and re-home as many of your things as possible.

It’ll help keep you more organized all year long, and make it easier to find all your holiday stuff next year.

 

#2 Deep-Clean the Kitchen:

All of that holiday merriment-making is rough on a kitchen. Give it a good deep cleaning now that the glittery dust has settled.

 

Purge your pantry and frisk your fridge, passing what you can on to local food banks. Scrub the walls and kick-boards, and even pull those appliances right out from the walls for a thorough vacuuming to prevent gunk (and stinks!) from accumulating.

 

#3 Plan Summertime Projects Now (Especially if You Need a Pro):

Finalize plans for any landscaping, decks, patios, or other outdoor projects that need warm weather. Two good reasons:

 

1. If you’re DIYing, you’ll be ready to roll at the first hint of nice weather.

2. If you’re hiring a contractor or other professional, getting your bids and contracts in place now will save you from competing with the spring rush (wait too long, and you may not be able to book anyone!).

 

#4 Create a Schedule to Clean ALL Your Home's Filters:

 

It’s not just your HVAC. The filters in your fridge, your vacuum cleaner, your dryer, your air filter, and other household items need to be changed or cleaned at least once a year to be effective, usually more often — especially your dehumidifier. Yucky mold grows easily there.

 

Check manufacturer instructions for all the filters in your home, and create a master schedule, then add them to your calendar app to remind you.

 

#5 Save Some Green at White Sales:

Linens and towels go on sale in January. It’s a long-standing retail tradition that started back when linens only came in white (hence the name), and still has a solid rep as a money-saver — only in more colors today.

 

Cut your threadbare bath towels into rags and restock your supply, plus fill in any gaps in your bed linens you may have noticed if you had a house full of holiday guests.

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Lise Howe
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love the white sale tip - I need some new sheets - I will have to check out Macy's and the like! Thanks! 

Jan 10, 2018 04:46 AM #1
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Thanks for sharing.

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