New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

We begin every year with New Year’s resolutions we know we won’t keep.  We will try to stick to those resolutions for a couple of weeks, maybe a month, but we won’t try them for the whole year.  That’s why we make them every year anew.

Habits are difficult to maintain or achieved if they are unrealistic.  According to many psychiatrists and Psychologists, habits tend to take time to be developed and to be achieved.

U. S. News and World Report states, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week in February.  That’s six weeks of good intentions, but that’s all we get when those resolutions are unrealistic. Exercising, eating healthy foods, and improving one’s life cannot be achieved by making too many changes or expecting huge results right away. Think about and practice making small changes that can be achievable and can be maintained throughout the year. Those small goals and changes can help us in other areas of our lives as well.  

Your Home

Our home is usually the largest asset we own.  Our primary residence is an asset we have invested for years.  We have invested by making repairs, additions, or improvements to our home every year as needed or as was financially possible, and for most of us, that is an investment worth investing in and holding.

According to, last year, American homeowners spend an average of $9,081 in home maintenance, improvements and emergency home spending.   Having a home is costly, but it is an investment that we need and want to keep for many years.  A house can become the home of your dreams and a safe haven for your children. It is an investment that you can keep and maintain till retirement age, and then pass it to your children or grandchildren.

The investment you make with your home is important.  There are many home improvements and additions you can do in your home, but there are many that will return the investment and many that won’t.

Top Home Improvements of 2019

  1. Backyard Patios
  2. Bathrooms – additions and remodel
  3. Entry doors
  4. Kitchen remodeling 

Many of those home improvements will return your investment, others not as much.  A bathroom addition, for example, will return double the investment than a new bedroom. In some areas of the country,  a new kitchen can return 100% off the cost at the time of sale, while in other parts you won’t get as much. But, we must remember, very addition, home improvement, or maintenance done to the home is worth it.  We just need to be careful about what we want to fix and what we must fix.

3 Fixes you must do before anything else

If you are selling your home, a new kitchen, bathroom addition, or new entrance door can be an attention grabber but only up to a point. 

  1. Basement waterproofing-A wet, musty or leaky basement can undo your new kitchen look in an instant.  Homebuyers know a leaky basement can be troublesome.  A leaky basement can be an easy fix, or it can even involve the foundation of the house as well.  Fixing it before any other home improvement in your home is the only right option.
  2. Foundation issues-If the home has a leaky basement, the problem can involve the foundation as well.  Hire a basement waterproofing company that is knowledgeable about foundation repair as well.
  3. Roof-The roof of the house is a fix that is not exciting, but necessary

Let’s protect our home investment by choosing the right home improvement to make.

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