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Repair & Maintenance

12 New Year’s Resolutions to Maintain Your Home in 2015

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just about self-improvement. You can use them to get your house in shape, too. Here’s a 12-month program to tackle house projects in 2015.
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January: First things first. Consider starting off the New Year by getting your valued systems and appliances covered by a home warranty. There are 365 days for something unexpected to go wrong or breakdown in your house - why not have a plan?

February: Change all incandescent light bulbs to ones that are energy-efficient and inspect bathtubs and showers for mildewed or cracked caulk. Re-caulk as necessary.

Someone Installs an Energy-Efficient Light Bulb

March: Check smoke detectors and replace batteries if needed. (If you can't remember the last time you replaced the battery then it's probably neccessary). An extra precautionary would be to install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the house.

April: If you have central air conditioning, have a professional inspect your unit so it’s ready for summer use.

May: Gather unused appliances, clothes, furniture and other items and hold a yard sale.

June: Inspect your roof and replace any damaged or missing shingles.

July: Create a first-aid disaster kit and keep it in a central location.

August: Inspect your gutters for holes, cracks or sags. Repair as necessary.

September: Have a professional inspect your heating system so it’s ready for winter use.

October: Use a pressure washer to clean your house, deck, and driveway.

November: Clean your carpets thoroughly by hiring a professional or renting a cleaning machine from your local hardware or grocery store.

December: Take stock of all your valuables and update your records. If needed, adjust your homeowners insurance.

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