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Front Page - Friday, January 10, 2020

Top five New Year’s resolutions for your home




Homeowners in the Tennessee Valley are packing away their festive decorations and trying to restore order to their hectic homes after the holidays.

The new year is the perfect time to start planning for all the home projects you’ve been avoiding.

Maintenance projects are a great way to keep your space comfortable, functional and possibly add value to your home, and adding more space to your kitchen or sprucing up your décor can be fun and rewarding.

With that in mind, here are a few New Year’s resolutions for your home.

Increase square footage

When it comes to increasing the value of your home, adding livable space such as a bedroom or bathroom can make a difference.

When you’re ready to expand your space, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga to find and consult with a builder. A residential construction professional can provide guidance on the feasibility of your project, cost estimates and details on zoning, building codes and permitting.

Refresh floors and décor

Worn floors or dated interior features can make your home feel dreary. Aesthetics are important, but you should consider other factors when selecting new floors, such as durability, moisture resistance and sustainability.

If you’re happy with your current flooring but need to liven up your rooms, try upgraded fixtures, new lighting or vibrant paint colors.

Energize your home’s exterior

A well-maintained yard is the first step in boosting curb appeal. A newly painted home or new door with a bold color can also make your home more attractive.

Other features to consider replacing are the garage door and mailbox. New lighting fixtures along the walkway or entryway can also make your home warm and inviting.

Take steps toward sustainability

There are many ways to reduce the energy consumption in your home. Replacing heating, cooling or water heaters with more energy-efficient units is one.

If your appliances are new or energy-efficient, remember to maintain them so your units can run at an optimal level.

Installing drapes and shades on windows is easy and a low-cost way to regulate the temperature in your home.

Another option for making your home more sustainable is to conserve water. Take shorter showers, turn off the water when brushing your teeth and use the dishwasher only when it’s full.

If you already recycle, consider reducing the amount of garbage you generate by buying and using products wisely.

Clean, clear and declutter

Cleaning and clearing your home might seem like a daunting task, but you don’t have to put off organizing until spring. An easy way to tackle a whole home decluttering project is to organize room by room and sort items by type: toss; keep; repair and reuse; recycle; and donate.

To find a professional to help you with any of these home maintenance and upgrade projects, visit the online directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at www.HBAGC.net.