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January
24

New Year resolutions are easy to keep, you just need a little planning. Here are some home improvement resolutions to check off your list in 2022.

Whether you've just finished shopping for D.C. homes for sale or you've already owned your current home for a while, the beginning of the new year is the perfect time to start planning your next home improvement projects. It's not too late to start dreaming up your own home improvement New Year's resolutions, and our real estate agents have some inspiration to help you think of some great projects for your home this year.

  • Clear Out Clutter
    We all have that one room — or at least one drawer — where we tend to let clutter accumulate. Some of that clutter is still useful, and some is... not so much. Whether you start small with a junk drawer or commit to a big project like cleaning your garage, invest some time this year in sorting through the clutter to get rid of anything you don't need.

  • Organize Storage Spaces
    What's one way to keep clutter from building up after you clear it out? Make your storage spaces as organized and functional as possible. Closets are a great place to start because there are so many closet organizers available to simplify the task. For bigger rooms like the garage, large, labeled containers will make life easier whenever you need to find something.

  • Plan to Deep Clean One Room Per Month
    Deep cleaning an entire home can feel like an overwhelming task, so why not tackle one room per month? Even if you normally keep a very clean home, there are usually some little, out of the places where dirt, dust, and debris build-up.

  • Rearrange Rooms for a Fresh Look
    After you've got a room sparkling clean, you have the perfect opportunity to give that room a fresh, new look. If you're looking for a larger project, then repainting and fully redecorating are great options. If you want something quicker, then rearranging furniture is an easy way to make a room feel fresh.

  • Install a Smart Thermostat to Save on Energy
    For a simple home improvement project that can both keep your home more comfortable and help you save money on energy, installing a smart thermostat is just the thing. With a smart thermostat, you can control your thermostat via the internet even when you're not home, and set heating/cooling schedules so that your home is always the right temperature at the right time.

  • Get Rid of Those Pesky Drafts
    Another more old-fashioned but still very effective way to save on energy is to get rid of any drafts in your home. There's always at least one door, window, or ventilation opening that lets in more air than it should. For most drafts, a bit of caulk or weather stripping can make a world of difference.

  • Create Some Extra Curb Appeal
    It's always nice to feel proud of your home when you look at it from the curb, and curb appeal can also provide a boost if you ever decide to sell. There are countless ways to add curb appeal, whether you focus on lawn maintenance, gardening, landscaping, lighting, or your front door.

  • Test and Maintain Smoke Alarms
    Structure fires are still all too common in homes, and your smoke alarm is the first line of defense that can save lives. Make sure that you test your smoke alarms regularly, maintain them, and replace any that are no longer working properly.

Still searching for a home that you'll love customizing for years to come? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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