Start off the new year with some home resolutions!

January is a great month for new beginnings and new habits, not just for you but for your house as well. Even in regions covered with snow and ice, there are plenty of projects to complete now or plan for the upcoming months. In fact, January is often a slow month for some home improvement professionals and the perfect time to gather information, interview, order materials or apply for permits. Many professional landscape companies use the winter home and garden shows to book out the rest of their year, making this the best time of year to plan an outdoor project.

Start the new year off right by going around the house and changing all the filters that need replacement like the refrigerator water filter (this should be changed every 6 months), the furnace filter (every 3 months), the air conditioner filter (every 3 months), and any other filters in your home. To remember when to change them, choose a significant date (like your birthday or the first of the year) or use a piece of removable tape and label the date it should be changed.

Another great way to kick off home improvement in the new year is to tackle those rooms or spaces that are in serious need of organization. Not only will an organized basement, closet or garage make you feel less frustrated, by cleaning out these areas you’ll get the chance to spot any potential issues like water damage, electrical issues or pest infestation. Take care of those important issues first before you hang new shelves, paint or organize the space.

Here are some great maintenance projects to complete this month. Simply follow the links to read more about how to get these projects done.

  • Inside the home

    Clean out kitchen range exhaust system and deep clean oven
    Clean out the refrigerator and thoroughly clean small appliances
    Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
    Check fire extinguishers
    Hire a professional to take down your exterior holiday lights if your roof is slippery or dangerous
    Clean out closets and donate unused items
    Check sump pump for proper operation
  • Outside the home

    Keep lawn clear of branches and debris
    Examine and de-ice gutters
    Check exterior for water accumulation
    If planning major landscaping work, start interviewing pros now
    Check for ice on walkways, roof and read this tips about safely removing snow and ice without injury
    Start planning your spring garden, order seeds
    Consider attending your local home and garden show this month to get ideas for your landscape
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