What are your home improvement resolutions for 2019?
We’ve been addressing home improvement-related New Year’s resolutions on our Facebook page. And with good reason: Many of us have dated kitchen tiles we’ve been putting off replacing, a house that desperately needs new siding, a backyard deck with wood rotting in certain areas or energy-saving upgrades that we know would save us money down the road.
New Year’s resolutions aren’t only about losing weight, getting in shape or saving money. Resolutions for your home are important too.
Your brain is likely filled with plenty of ideas and tasks. After all, many homes are a work in progress – just like we are. Whatever the project, you should make a list of what you want to accomplish in the New Year.
Try to complete one small home improvement, remodeling or maintenance project on your own every month. That way, you won’t feel as overwhelmed and your home will be in better shape for the next holiday season. Painting a small room, staining a dresser and fixing a leaky faucet are all pretty easy do-it-yourself projects that will make you feel productive and happy to have finished.
Now, onto the big home improvement projects – the stuff that is going to take time and a lot of work. These are areas you're going to need some help. Visit Contractor Scan to find a licensed, professional and reliable contractor to help create or maintain the home of your dreams.
Here are a few home improvement resolutions that Contractor Scan can help you keep in 2019.
- Replace flooring. Look at the tile, carpet or laminate flooring in your house. Is it outdated, damaged or was it there when you moved in and just not your style? There are a lot of interesting trends in flooring this year, such as the use of recycled, natural and sustainable materials. Cork, reclaimed wood and bamboo are popular choices. Aesthetically speaking only, tile that looks like wood is gaining popularity for the bathroom, as is grey hardwood floors for the kitchen. Plus carpet is expected to be big this year, especially in unusual areas of the home, like the entryway, and in unique patterns.
- Install solar panels. Solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. They also could save you money a lot of money on energy bills and through tax rebates. Experts say the cost of solar panels is unlikely to go down in the near future, so it makes sense to cross it off your list this year. Start enjoying the benefits to both the environment and your wallet.
- Make sure your home is safe. A home that looks lovely is far less appealing than a house that is free of health and fire hazards. Test for cancer-causing radon. Have your fireplace inspected to look for problems that could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, not to mention a fire. Termites, meanwhile, can not only destroy wood; they contribute to mold (and stress) which can be a health issue.
- Update the exterior of your home. Replace siding and consider a different color; cool neutrals are trendy this year. You’ll want to hire a professional for this job, so work with him or her to find the best options. New siding and paint can modernize a home, giving it a completely different look and feel. Plus, any update to a home’s exterior greatly increases its value.
- Landscape. Landscaping not only adds huge curbside appeal – it can also make you happier. Experts have found that a beautifully landscaped yard contributes to homeowners’ more positive well-being and better quality of life. Where to start? Talk to your landscaper about the hottest trends for 2019; asymmetrical deign, secluded spaces and pollinator gardens are among the year’s biggest forecasted trends.
There are certainly hundreds more possibilities out there – but hopefully our list offers a little inspiration. Again, make a plan, do your homework and find a contractor you trust. We’ll help you get you started.
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