When all holiday activities end, the new year is a good time to give your home a fresh start. These tips can help you keep your home clean, tidy and prepared for the coming winter months.
Clear the mess
Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and odds and finishes that accumulate during the holidays and throughout the year can add to the mess in your home. New Year's cleaning and organizing projects can give your home a fresher feel. Now it is good to:
- Wipe down the kitchen walls and ceiling: Use a sponge mop with detergent and water to clean the ceiling. Use a cloth to wipe down walls and woodwork.
- Turn your mattresses: Vacuum the box springs with a clothespin when you remove the mattress to turn it over. Wash your duvets, throws and pillowcases to give beds a fresh smell.
- Clean your trash cans, cupboards, pantry, etc .: When dealing with an area, remove everything, clean all surfaces, throw away unwanted items and organize and replace remaining items. The best way to start organizing is to create piles of items to store, throw away, donate to charity, return, repair, and so on.
Make sure your home is safe
Properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can help keep your family safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40% of deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms and 1
The new year is a great time to test your alarms and replace your batteries. Check the date of manufacture while you are working. Smoke detectors should be replaced after ten years, while CO detectors should be replaced every five years.
Getting ready for severe weather
January and February are the coldest months of the year in many parts of the country. You can stay warmer and save money on energy bills by preparing your home for colder temperatures and winter storms:
- Clean leaves, dirt and debris from your gutters.
- Weather list outside doors and windows to keep the heat and cold air out.
- Performs annual maintenance on your oven.
- Clean or replace air filter and humidifier.
- Install a programmable thermostat (if you have not already done so).
- Hang thicker curtains or draperies to improve insulation.
Make sure you have the right home insurance
Your home is probably your biggest investment. It is also the place where you and your family are likely to spend a lot of time during the colder winter months. Even if you take steps to keep your home safe, anything is possible – from a fire in the home or a brutal winter storm to vandalism or an injured visitor. It makes sense to protect your investment with the right home insurance. Our knowledgeable agent will be happy to review your current insurance and help you have any homeowner insurance you need to protect your home and belongings.