Being a homeowner can sometimes be hard. With so many day-to-day duties, it’s difficult to stay on top of them all.
And especially here in Venice, FL with our tropical weather where plants grow year round.
This creates tons of yard work and general maintenance that can turn into big issues if left untreated.
So, this New Year, make some resolutions that can help bring the value of your home up and the maintenance down.
Consider taking on these New Year’s resolutions for your Venice Home. Who knows, you might actually keep them!
Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Making your home more energy efficient is a fantastic resolution that will do more than just save you money.
Nowadays, potential home buyers specifically look for homes that are energy efficient. So, by adding efficient appliances and processes to your home, you increase its overall value.
It’s super easy to make your home more energy efficient. Simply changing out your light bulbs to LEDs can make your home use significantly less power.
In fact, if you switch out your incandescent lights to LEDs, you can reduce your energy consumption by 50-75%.
There are more ways to make your home more efficient, such as sealing up any drafty areas, like windows, doorways, and mailslots. You can also add more insulation in the attic so your Venice home doesn’t have to work so hard to stay cool during the hot summers.
You don’t have to do all of these changes in one go. But make it your New Year’s resolution to transform your home into one that’s energy efficient.
Be More Eco-Friendly
Living in Venice shows us first hand what global warming does to our earth. We see it in our weather and in our coastal waters.
This New Year, join the movement to make your home more eco-friendly.
You can do this by reducing the amount of water you use and by consuming less energy in your home.
Switch your shower heads to low-flow and change out your toilets for dual-flush. This way, you can use less water and energy.
You can also make your home a little more green by planting a garden in your backyard.
Venice is the perfect place to grow your own vegetables because of its ideal weather conditions. In the summertime, grow watermelons, cucumbers, and squash, while in the wintertime grow lettuce, turnips, and potatoes.
My yard features coconuts, bananas, mint, and carambola (star fruit).
Tending an organic, homegrown garden is a fun way to go green this New Year.
Create a Yard Work Schedule
The push to do yard work usually begins with denial—that there really aren’t that many leaves in the yard.
After that, though, is the bargaining phase: more leaves will fall so might as well rake them up next week.
And so the cycle continues.
But soon enough there is so much yard work to do it’s sure to take a full day to get it all done.
This year, don’t fall into this trap! Make a resolution to create a yard work schedule so this dreadful chore is dreadful no more.
Make a schedule that outlines small tasks that you can accomplish in the week. Maybe you spend one day raking and another trimming low-hanging branches.
If you don’t keep on top of things, your yard work can get crazy—especially in Venice, FL where we can experience strong winds and heavy rains.
Doing a little bit every few days makes the workload a lot lighter and makes your home look well-kept.
Inspect Your Home Regularly
Make sure your home is in good shape this year by inspecting it on a regular basis.
By inspecting your home every few months, you can spot potential issues before they even arrive, which will ultimately save you time and money.
To do a thorough inspection of your home, make sure to scan it from the inside out.
Examine ceilings and garages for signs of roof leaks.
The outside of your home might be the most important place to check for issues and repairs because this is where they usually start. Look at your roof for any broken shingles and overflowing gutters.
You should also ensure that there is nothing wrong with your pool or pool cage. Inspect for leaks or damages that might have occurred during storms.
Making New Year’s resolutions for your Venice home is an easy way to bring up the value of your home and lower the repair costs. You can save money and time by following through with these easy resolutions.
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