If you are among the 75% of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution when the calendar flipped less than two weeks ago and 2022 began, then putting the focus on an aspect of your home is not only a great way to infuse your goal with a sense of purpose—it might actually help inspire you to stick with it and accomplish some much-needed tasks in the process!
Among the most popular home-related resolutions, according to experts, are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, reorganizing—or actually getting organized in the first place—refinancing the mortgage (concerns over rising mortgage rates will be a hot topic of discussion in 2022), cleaning out the garage, adding a “home improvement project” such as a pool or an addition to the house, and learning a new skill.
To that last goal, attainability will take time. First, set a number. Try 12. That’s only one a month. Not too overwhelming, yet enough to give you a real sense of achievement and a good foundation of skills as a homeowner. Now, in no particular order, the talents that await most homeowners—or that they find most necessary, enviable, valuable and so on:
Unclog a Drain • Patch Drywall • Paint a Room • Fix a Leaky Faucet • Change a Light Fixture • Replace Cabinet Hardware • Install a Mailbox • Caulk a Tub• Power Wash a Deck • Locate a Stud • Work on a Ladder • Find Reliable Pros—Knowing how to select the right handyman, or plumber, electrician, contractor and so on, is as essential a skill as any of those do-it-yourself skills (maybe even more).
One area of home-based resolutions where the experts suggest focusing is safety. And as we all know, fire safety is high on that list.
According to the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center in Uniondale, “It’s simple to keep smoke detectors in good condition. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to replace the batteries every year or as needed. Most models will make a chirping, popping or beeping sound when the battery is losing its charge. When this sound is heard, install a fresh battery, preferably an alkaline type.
“Remember, every three years to change the bulbs. Keep extras handy. Check the smoke detector every month by releasing smoke or pushing the “test” button. Clean the detector face and grillwork often to remove dust and grease. Never paint a smoke detector as it will hamper its function. Check your detector if you’ve been away from home.”
And for anyone you know moving into a new home this year, the museum notes that “smoke detectors make great housewarming—or any time—gifts. It’s an interesting present that can save lives and it shows that you care.”
Another promise you can make yourself as a homeowner is to build an emergency survival kit, often known as a 72-hour kit.
“Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime—even in someone’s own home,” notes the American Red Cross, which recommends building an emergency preparedness kit as the first step toward getting your household ready for emergencies. A 72-hour kit is one of the most valuable resources you can have at the ready in your home, and ready to take on the road if needed. It will include such items as food and water supplies, cooking materials, a first aid kit, sleeping necessities (sleeping bags, tent), clothing, personal items (including prescription and non-prescription medication, documents and cash), lights, radio and other necessities.