10 Home Improvement Resolutions to Kick Off the New Year

via todayshomeowner.com

At the end of every year, many people make personal resolutions for things they want to do to improve themselves in the upcoming year. Homeowners should have the same practice when there are improvements they would like to do on their homes. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Here are 10 home improvement resolutions that you can make for 2014.

1. Kitchen Renovations

When it comes to home renovations, the kitchen is one of the most common ones homeowners desire. It can also be one of the most expensive, which could be part of the reasons why it is one of the last things on the to-do list. You can make the resolution to follow through with the kitchen renovation or you can choose to make a resolution to save money for the resolution for the year.

2. Bathroom Renovations

The bathroom is another commonly desired renovation. Although it is not usually as expensive as a kitchen renovation, it can still be slightly expensive particularly if you plan on a total renovation. An improvement resolution for 2014 can include a partial or total renovation.

3. Home Spruce Up

Renovations do not have to involve large-scale demolition and repair. They can involve a simple whole-home spruce up such as new paint, changing or adding molding or trim, and upgrading light fixtures. Changing or upgrading can provide a whole new look and feel to your entire home.

4. Flooring Renovations

Although it may seem like a large task, replacing flooring is a minor renovation and a good one to make a resolution to complete. Worn out and damaged floors can be replaced. Some people choose to replace floors with the same type, maybe changing the color. Other homeowners choose to use something different.

5. Roof Renovations

Roofs are often forgotten and neglected over time, at least until a problem occurs. If it has been awhile since the roof of your home was replaced, this may be a good home renovation resolution to make. Recent roof replacements that occurred within the last five to six years should minimally be inspected for damage and be repaired if necessary.

6. Renovating Wiring

One of the biggest problems older homes have is outdated wiring. Unfortunately, this is another area that gets put off. Renovating the existing wiring in your home will be extensive. This is why many people choose to have these electrical repairs done with large-scale home renovations. If your wiring is okay, consider at least replacing sockets and switches.

7. Weatherization

Weatherizing your home helps save energy. Not to be confused with winterization, weatherization involves efforts to keep your home’s climate at ideal levels without costing a bundle. Add insulation to attics, seal existing windows and doors to prevent heating or cooling loss, and have your duct work inspected and cleaned.

8. Becoming Energy Efficient

While it is not necessarily a renovation in the traditional sense, some aspects of having an energy efficient home can be considered renovations. If you have an older home without central air conditioning, replacing the heat pump and window units with a central unit can involve some work. Replacing old drafty windows can be included.

9. Altering Floor Plans

Do you have one or two pesky interior walls that stop you from opening up some of your rooms for more space? Make a resolution to get rid of or move those walls and change your floor plan. You will first need to have an inspection to ensure they are not important load-bearing walls. When you get the okay, have at it.

10. The Exterior

While many new homeowners want to renovate an area inside the home, the exterior can also be included. Resolutions to renovate the siding or facing on the outside can be motivating. You could also make a resolution to give your front and back yards an upgrade, such as adding flowerbeds, removing extra trees, and adding a patio with a pergola.

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