The best of intentions don’t always produce the best results. But great planning usually does, along with the commitment to follow through.
That’s good advice no matter what the endeavor, including when it comes to “best practices” for keeping your home well-organized, looking its best, and more.
Here are several ideas for putting you back in charge of your home vs. letting it control you.
Keep records in order. Make a habit of organizing all paperwork, including warranty info, insurance policies, receipts for repairs and remodeling projects, and so on. This will simplify things come tax time, should a system or major appliance break, or if you’re getting ready to put your house on the market.
Expect the unexpected. Prepare for the unexpected by setting a little money aside each week or month toward possible repairs or other emergencies. Sure, having to replace your furnace in the middle of winter hurts, but a contingency fund to cover the cost makes the pill a little easier to swallow.
Reduce energy consumption. Look for ways to reduce waste and consumption. Seal drafty windows and doors, install a programmable thermostat, replace electricity-hogging incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs, and upgrade your faucets and fixtures to low-flow models.
Take inventory of your valuables. Though we don’t want to think that a burglary or house fire can happen to us, it’s best to be prepared. Keep an electronic list of your valuables like jewelry and expensive electronic equipment and update it anytime you make a new purchase. That way you can prove the value of your loss to your homeowner’s insurance company.
Start a neighborhood watch group. Gather your neighbors and pledge to work together to make your neighborhood safer. Get more information at the National Neighborhood Watch website.
Boost curb appeal. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint on the front door, some flowering plants, trimmed hedges, or a full landscape overhaul, improving the appearance of your home’s exterior will increase its value and your appreciation for the place you call home.
Develop some basic DIY skills. Calling in a pro every time you want a room painted or a sink unclogged can cost a lot when you add it all up. Learning to perform some of these tasks for yourself can only help. But you also need to know your limits.
Where you might leave off on a plumbing or home improvement front, Pann Home Services can pick up the ball and run with it. Our home remodeling and handyman division has some very talented people and a wide array of skill. We’re also plumbing, heating and air conditioning service pros with a slew of 5-star reviews to attest to the quality of our work. So, when the need arises, don’t get frustrated – get Pann.