Improve Your Home in 2015: 4 DIY Tips

HandymanWe are just about one month into 2015 and the New Year is the perfect time to assess your home’s needs. You want to make improvements and major home renovations can stretch your budget pretty thin.

So, what do you do?

Well, there are many simple things you can do to improve your home every day without breaking the bank.

Let’s take a look at 4 easy DIY ways to improve your home for 2015.

DIY Tip #1: Shape-up on Home Maintenance

I’m sure you always stay on top of your home’s maintenance and every task on that “honey-do” list is nearly completed. Nonetheless, there are always improvements that can be made. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay on top of home maintenance in 2015.

  • Test your smoke alarms and CO detectors.
  • Check expiration date on your fire extinguishers.
  • Clean and replace your furnace filters.
  • Locate your water shut-off valve in the case of frozen pipes.
  • Replace broken light bulbs and fixtures.
  • Insulate your attic.
  • Re-caulk windows, tile, bathtubs, and counter tops.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Seal grout lines to prevent mold growth.
  • Clean all air ducts and ventilation systems.
  • Inspect your carpets and rugs for spots and stains; mold, rips, and tears.

DIY Tip #2: Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are many factors that can negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality, but fear not; there are many every day ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

  • Make sure your air vents are not blocked.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Mop your floors after vacuuming using a microfiber mop. We like this one!
  • Put floor mats at every door.
  • Dispose of garbage properly and promptly.
  • Keep indoor humidity at 30-50%.
  • Store food properly.
  • Do not smoke or allow others to smoke in your home.
  • Test your home for radon.

DIY Tip #3:  Reduce Home Energy Costs

High home energy costs can be as wasteful to your bank account; accruing large and unnecessary debt. Let’s look at a few ways to reduce those costs.

  • Close unused air vents.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Cover all bare floors with carpet or rugs.
  • Fix that leaky faucet.
  • Close the flute in your fireplace.
  • Use CFL light bulbs.
  • Dust the coils behind your fridge.
  • Let your dishes air-dry in the dishwasher.
  • Check your water pipes for leaks. 

DIY Tip #4: Get Organized

You mean to do this every year, and every year you fall short. Here are some tips to give you your best shot at getting your home organized in 2015.

  • Plan and prep. Before diving in, take a little time to plan out what needs to be done and how you intend to do it.
  • Sort and clean. We are all guilty of holding on to things longer than we need to. Some of what we have may be considered a keepsake, but a lot of it could probably be pitched or donated.
  • Label everything. You can’t label too much! Labeling food containers, storage bins, and even file folders will work wonders on organizing your home.
  • Set up a designated donation station. This tip will have a dual purpose: organizing your garage and your home. As you walk through and clean your house, pick up items that you no longer want or need and store them in the donation box or bin in your garage. Then empty the box on a regular basis.

Now, you’re ready to improve your home greatly with these easy DIY tips!

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Services was founded in 1946 as St. Louis’ first in-home rug and carpet cleaning company, and is now the area’s largest commercial and residential cleaning company for carpet, rugs, furniture, and hard surfaces. With nearly 70 years of experience, Woodard is proud to serve as a preferred provider of water, fire, and smoke restoration services for residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For more information, visit our website, or call 800.466.9308.

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