12 Home improvement goals to make this year
Try to tackle one task each month to keep your home in great shape.
January: Change your HVAC filter. Try to change your filter every 4-6 weeks to help your HVAC system run efficiently.
February: Wash the inside of your windows. Use glass cleaner or distilled white vinegar on the glass. Dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and dish soap to clean windowsills.
March: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Do this at least once each year and test smoke detectors monthly.
April: Inspect your indoor plumbing. Check for dripping faucets, leaks under sinks and water spots on the ceiling. Hire a plumber if you find any issues.
May: Paint a room. Use canvas drop cloths to protect your floors and inexpensive paper or plastic ones to cover furniture.
June: Examine your home’s exterior. Look for cracks in the driveway, holes in the siding, and tree branches or roots that are too close to your home. Call a professional for anything that needs attention.
July: Wash the outside of your house. Power washers can damage your siding, so use a siding cleaning kit attached to a regular garden hose instead.
August: Treat for pests. Hire an exterminator to treat for termites, spiders and other pests. Consider setting up a monthly or quarterly contract.
September: Clean the gutters. Clear out leaves and debris. Have a professional inspect the gutters and downspouts for damage.
October: Inspect the chimney. Hire a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney, even if you don’t use the fireplace often.
November: Get organized. Clean out kitchen cabinets and organize overflowing closets to prepare for the holidays.
December: Deep clean the floors. Shampoo carpets and give wood floors a good cleaning. Check for exposed nails or boards that need to be repaired.
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