December 30th, 2016

6 Simple Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for the New Year

Home Owners Network

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and loved ones. At HON, we know that our offices are buzzing during the holiday season and the New Year always manages to come much faster than we expect.  We have a feeling that you might be the same. To help you come into the New Year looking like a hero, below is a short list of simple tasks around the house that often go overlooked but can make a huge difference going into 2017.

  1. Inspect, and, if necessary, change out your HVAC filters

    While many experts say this should be done monthly, we know that this task often gets overlooked. For just a little bit of money and time, this simple task can pay huge dividends on your home. Clean filters will help your HVAC run more efficiently – saving you money – and will help mitigate allergens in the home as the seasons changes.

  2. Schedule an exterminator

    Most folks may think that you only need to call the exterminator when you’ve got a major in-your-face bug problem. With that said, getting your house proactively checked and treated can greatly reduce your chances of ever finding gross bugs or wood destruction in the future.

  3. Clean your gutters

    Dead leaves, old tennis balls, you name it.  All sorts of things can accumulate in the gutters throughout the year. If your weather permits it, why not just tackle that job now? That way, you won’t need to worry about it until your next set of New Year’s chores.

  4. Switch direction of your ceiling fan

    This one is so simple that most of us tend to kick ourselves for forgetting it! Simply flip the switch on your fan to change the blade rotation in the winter to create an updraft, helping save you money on heating and keep your house much more comfortable.

  5. Check batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors

    This only takes a few minutes and could greatly help keep your family and home safe. At the very least, it will save you the headache of having the detectors start chirping in the middle of the night, alerting you to a dying battery.

  6. Inspect the filter on your range fan

    Even though we use it all the time, it’s easy to forget that your range fan filter can get mucked up with grease and particles. Clean this out or replace it to keep your kitchen fan working for those times when things get a bit smoky in the kitchen.

We know that your list of things to do this New Year may seem never ending. So, when you are out and about, keep some of these things in mind and make some time to get them off your to-do list. And remember, Home Owners Network is your #1 resource for all your home needs. Click here to learn more about finding a professional to help you with these tasks, or to get access to a seasoned professional to address any specific questions you might have about items in your home.

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