The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to create goals to better both your personal life and your career. But, what about your home? Setting home-related goals can help you create a better maintained, more welcoming, and happier environment. Let’s talk about four home-related goals you can set this year.
1. Declutter a Space
If you have an area in your home such as a storage room, shed, or garage, it can be intimidating to even start the decluttering process — but it shouldn’t be impossible. Set a goal this year that you will work on decluttering this area. You have the entire year to work on it so start small. Focus on just one shelf, one corner, etc. Set aside a few minutes every week — even just 10 to 15 minutes — to work on it. Then, by the end of 2019, you’ll have a completely new and improved area.
2. Complete Three Home Maintenance Tasks Per Month
No matter the time of year, there is always something you can do around your home to keep it in tip-top shape. Schedule out three home maintenance tasks each month that you need to complete. Remember to focus on tasks that are often overlooked such as changing out filters, cleaning your gutters, completing a roof inspection, etc. If you don’t know where to start or are worried you may forget a big task, use yearly calendars such as this one.
3. Complete One Upgrade Project
Find one area in your home that could use some major maintenance and upgrades. This could be something such as a bedroom that could use a fresh coat of paint and new flooring or even just your front door. Throughout the year, save money and set aside the time needed to complete this project. You don’t have to complete a large remodel, but the small things will make a difference.
4. Follow the 1% Rule
For many individuals, their goal in the new year involves saving money and improving their current financial situation. Having money set aside to make these needed home repairs and to complete some maintenance tasks is important. This year, aim to have money set aside for your home to prevent going into debt. Many experts suggest the 1% rule. This rule suggests that you set aside 1% of your home’s purchase price each year for maintenance and home repair costs. This means that for a $500,000 home, you should prepare for $5,000 in maintenance costs this year.
If 2019 is the year you decide to sell or buy a new home in the Jacksonville area, contact real estate agent Krista Fracke today. She can help you find your dream home in a neighborhood and area that you will be proud to call home.