New Year's Resolutions For Your Home

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We often make new year's resolutions for ourselves, but have you ever thought about making a resolution for your home? The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a pledge to keep your home in its best possible condition all year long.

Here's some resolutions you might want to enact for your home in 2016:

  • De-clutter: Streamline your home. Throw away or donate anything you don't use or love. Clear your counters. Use hidden storage or attractive baskets to keep wanted items nearby, but still tidy. Getting rid of clutter will make your home feel cleaner, bigger, and more updated.

  • Budget for improvements: A general rule of thumb is you should plan to spend up to 1%-3% of your home's initial price on home maintenance/upkeep each year. Put aside money ahead of time so when the washing machine breaks, or your roof has a leak, you aren't in a financial panic.

  • Keep it clean: Spend a little bit of time each day to keep your home clean, especially in the high traffic areas - kitchen: put dishes in the dishwasher, clean the sink and counters, sweep floor; bedroom: put dirty clothes in hamper, make bed. Clean your entire house each week, including changing bedding. By making cleaning part of your daily and weekly routine, your home will always be spic and span and ready for any guest - expected or not!

  • Make it safe: Check batteries and test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Consider getting a radon test kit ($20). Clean the lint out of vents and ducts behind the dryer (lint causes over 15,000 building fires per year). Prevent mold by making sure all bathrooms and attics are vented to the outside.

  • Save energy: Install low-flow shower heads. Turn off the AC when leaving the house. Set your computer to sleep mode when not in use. Turn off lights when leaving the room. Water your yard less and consider planting drought tolerant plants.

  • DIY: Instead of hiring an outside professional, there are many maintenance jobs around the house you can attempt yourself this year that will save you money and keep your home in tiptop shape - gardening, building a fence, cleaning rain gutters, raking leaves, caulking windows and doors, mowing the lawn, interior painting, etc.

    Pledging to keep one or all of these resolutions in 2016 will have your home thanking you for many years to come!

    For all your real estate needs, contact expert DFW realtor, Stacey Perry!
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Comments (25)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to's a great place to learn, share, market and network...and I hope you enjoy and benefit from all of it as much as I have over the past 6 years....

Jan 16, 2016 08:25 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Stacey, what a savvy and smartly written post this is, and I love the twist of a new set of resolutions for your home. EXCELLENT! My, you are off to a very good start. 

Jan 16, 2016 09:25 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

I wish that I could re-blog this! 

Jan 16, 2016 09:26 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I enjoyed your read today, you just never know what you will learn to help one's business in the future.

Jan 16, 2016 10:01 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Welcome to Active Rain!  As REALTORS who have been here for more than 9 years, it's well worth it!


Jan 17, 2016 12:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain! Yes, houses could use a change as well. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 17, 2016 12:53 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your first post. You have some great resolutions for this coming New Year. Looking forward to getting to know you better thru your future blogs.

Jan 17, 2016 01:48 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Stacey Perry, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on a great first blog, what a great idea to resolve to make your house better in 2016!

Jan 17, 2016 02:28 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hi Stacey, Great Job on your first blog post!  Keep up the good work!

Jan 17, 2016 03:27 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Welcome to ActiveRain!  It's great to have you aboard.  I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Jan 17, 2016 03:27 AM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Stacey Perry welcome to Active Rain congratulations on your first blog post

Jan 17, 2016 04:00 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Hi! Welcome to Active Rain Congratulations on your blog.

Jan 17, 2016 05:42 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Stacey, first of all, welcome to ActiveRain.  And good first post that will give something to think about.

Jan 17, 2016 07:04 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Welcome and congratulations on your first blog here.  I don't think this is your first post ever, though, as you do it well.

Jan 17, 2016 08:17 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

Great first blog! I call this "spring cleaning" in January, but I burn out almost as quickly as my resolution to get fit does!

Jan 18, 2016 12:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Stacey, I like my home to be clutter-free and clean or I feel out of wack!   Great resolution, and welcome to ActiveRain! 

Jan 18, 2016 08:56 AM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Hi and welcome! Congratulations on your first blog! What a great idea, I know my home needs some resolutions!

Jan 18, 2016 01:07 PM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hi Stacey! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Jan 18, 2016 11:06 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Hi Stacey,

Welcome to ActiveRain.

I remember when I was starting out. I couldn’t imagine ever writing hundreds of posts.

There was so much I didn’t know. Surely I didn’t really belong here.

Well let me encourage you to take one step at a time and hang in there.

I have made good money via ActiveRain and learned a ton. But the best thing that ActiveRain has done for me is in this post.

Good luck, let me know if I can help.


David Gibson
Broker / Owner Colorado Home Sales LLC

Jan 25, 2016 01:06 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Hi Stacey, Great tips… thanks for sharing. Also, welcome to the Rain! ActiveRain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog! Welcome Aboard, Happy New Year and Much Success! 

Feb 02, 2016 03:20 PM