2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

todolistKeep your home well-maintained throughout 2017 by working through each item on this practical checklist for homeowners. From scheduling an inspection to repairing oldĀ  HVAC equipment, there are a variety of steps you can take to keep maintenance costs low.

Schedule a Yearly Inspection

When it comes to home repairs in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, scheduling a yearly inspection is the best way to cut down on costs. The colder months of the year are more likely to result in costly repair issues, and an annual inspection helps keep you apprised of all the potential problems in your home. Call the professionals at Leaders in Disaster Restoration today to receive an honest and thorough inspection and estimate.

Budget for Home Improvements

Sudden repair costs can impose undue stress, especially during the holidays. Keep home maintenance costs manageable by setting aside money every month for a special home repair fund. This way, you won't have to dip into your regular savings if an emergency arises.

Create a Manageable List of Repairs

Once you have an inspection, you can begin creating a list of the repairs you'll need to make in 2017. Prioritize repairs from most to least urgent, and then decide whether to address the most or least costly repairs first. Having a year-long repair checklist can help keep repairs manageable and affordable rather than addressing many issues at once.

Reduce Energy Consumption

If your home is older, it is likely using more energy than it needs. Cut your energy costs by taking small steps such as repairing HVAC ductwork and repairing or replacing old equipment. Simply sealing and insulating the ductwork in your home can reduce your energy costs by 20 percent. Ducts inside your attic, ceiling, walls and crawl spaces can be difficult to insulate on your own, in which case you can always call the home repair experts at Leaders in Disaster Restoration.

Maintain Your Sewage System

Depending on your home's sewage system, you may want to make a New Year's resolution to have your sewer system repaired or replaced. Studies show that more than half of the sewer lines in the country are over 30 years old or part of an aged municipal sewage system. Sewage cleanup can be costly and unpleasant, so keeping your system maintained is key.

Organize Your Home

From mold and mildew to water damage, clutter makes any post-disaster cleanup even more difficult. Scheduling a quarterly cleaning throughout the year is the best way to make the task of cleaning your attic, basement and garage more manageable.

Replace Your Fixtures

2017 is the year of green energy and efficient appliances, so start the New Year off right by replacing your current fixtures with more energy-friendly options. Low-flow toilets and shower heads require a small upfront investment with the potential for significant long-term savings. For more help with managing home repairs in 2017, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration at (888) 874-7066. We are committed to providing personalized service at a fair and reasonable rate.
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