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December
26

Resolutions for Your Home

New Year's is the perfect time to make home-related resolutions and improvements. This is true whether you're planning to stay in your home or would like to move into one of the Raleigh homes for sale. Either way, you'll be improving the appearance of your home and making it more comfortable to live in.

Our REALTORS® suggest making the following improvements to your home in the upcoming year:

  1. Install a programmable thermostat
    Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save between 5% and 15% on your monthly heating and cooling costs throughout the winter and summer. It allows you to program a heating and cooling cycle that fits your lifestyle, so you can set it and forget it. For example, you can set the heat to turn down after you go to work and set it to heat up again shortly before you return. And if you're going out of town or need to make another change, you can update its programming accordingly.
  2. Seal the leaks
    Air leaks in your home can allow heat to escape outside during the winter and let cold outside air make its way in. This not only wastes money by raising your energy bill, but it also makes your home more uncomfortable. Use caulk, waterproof sealant, or weather stripping to seal around windows and doors as well as pipes and vents.
  3. Add insulation
    Check your attic, basement, and crawl space to make sure they have the recommended amount of insulation for your area. A professional can help inspect these areas of your home to determine whether more insulation is needed. They can then recommend an appropriate type and level of insulation and install as needed.
  4. Spruce up your doors
    Your front door can have a big impact on your home's appearance and curb appeal, so New Year's is the perfect time to spruce up your door. If your door is stained or painted wood, paint it to make it more attractive and install new decorative hardware like doorknobs and house numbers. After you've improved the look of your front door, move on to your bedroom or master bathroom and give these doors a refresher.
  5. Add crown molding
    Crown molding can give your home a boost of visual interest and a more finished appearance as it forms a transition between the walls and ceiling. If your home doesn't already have these decorative enhancements, consider adding them. Installation can be somewhat tricky, so you may want to call in a professional. And while you're at it, check out your baseboards and other trimmings, and go ahead and take care of any updates that are needed.
  6. Take care of seasonal yardwork
    Just because it's colder doesn't mean you can neglect your yard. Thoroughly rake your yard to open up the ground and then level it and reseed as needed. Then add fertilizer to your grass as well as your trees and shrubs to make sure they're nourished in the winter.

Contact us to find out more about which updates can make your Raleigh home more comfortable and marketable. We can suggest New Year's projects that make the most impact for the least amount of money and effort.

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