How to Reach Your Personal Goals: Home Edition

Start the year or finish it by achieving your homeowner goals! Paying off your mortgage or doing home repairs is probably on your list. Get set to reach your goals!

New Years home goals

The new year is just around the corner. Have you reached your home goals from years past? As you begin planning the latest round of New Year’s resolutions, consider how to tackle them head on in the upcoming year. To give you a boost, here are some personal goal-setting suggestions specifically for you, the homeowner, as well as tips for how to reach your personal goals when it comes to your home. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back. You’re about to make yourself very proud.

How to Take Steps to Pay Off Your Mortgage

When it comes to reaching goals as a homeowner, there’s no greater feat than paying off your mortgage. Likewise, there’s no greater accomplishment. Sure, you’ve made the decision to start making additional payments, but where do you start? How do you ensure you have the additional income? Our suggestion: Start by crunching some numbers with a mortgage calculator. You’ll be amazed at how much interest and time you can save just by making a few additional contributions. Then, focus on creating a SMART goal that you can comfortably achieve, like dividing your monthly payment into 12 and tacking on that amount each month. After all, what’s better: an expensive meal once a month or shaving several years off your mortgage?

How to Tackle That Home Improvement Project Without Gaining Debt

Whether it’s redoing the kitchen cabinets or converting the basement to a guest suite, we all have some type of project — or several projects — that we’d like to tackle in the near future. But how do you go about starting a project while also ensuring you don’t rack up debt? You save before you buy. By practicing a little patience and following tips for saving for home improvements, you’ll end up with a finished project that you won’t have to continue paying for long after it’s completed. Who wouldn’t want that?

How to Update Those Outdated Appliances — On a Budget

Switching out older appliances for newer, more energy-efficient ones doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that will ensure you get the most bang for your appliance buck. Another insider secret? Know the best time to buy certain appliances.

How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Having a home that is more energy-efficient means having more money in your wallet. First, assess how efficient your home is already. Then, do some quick and easy home fixes to make your home even more efficient. To really go above and beyond, consider implementing the suggestions found in the U.S. Department of Energy's "Energy Saver Guide."

How to Get — and Stay — Ahead of the Budgeting Curve

As a homeowner, you likely already follow a budget. Sure, you want to ensure you have money saved up so the typical costs of being a homeowner don’t affect you too negatively. But what’s a typical cost that you may not be expecting, though? An appliance breakdown. Unfortunately, it’s going to happen. And it may happen sooner rather than later. Go the extra mile when it comes to protecting your budget by purchasing a home warranty plan. That way, you won't have to worry about covered repairs and replacements, and your savings can go to more important causes (like that basement conversion).

AHS assumes no responsibility, and specifically disclaims all liability, for your use of any and all information contained herein.

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