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New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

A new year… and a new DECADE… is upon us! And like most people, those of you reading probably have some things you’d like to accomplish this year. Goals you have set. Resolutions you have made. Perhaps it’s to exercise more… or worry less. To read more… spend less time on social media. Maybe this year you plan to train for a marathon… or run your first 5K. New Year’s tends to be a wonderful time to practice the pause. To think and reflect. To look ahead and consider what we’d like to accomplish.

But, what about your house? In all of the lists and resolutions, have you considered how you may be able to make so thoughtful changes to take better care of the place the provides you with a good night’s rest? Space to entertain? That place you call home?  If not, then we’d like to introduce to you our “New Years Resolutions for Homeowners!” These tips can help you preserve your property, protect it from possible future damage, and provide peace of mind!

In 2020, we suggest that homeowners resolve to…

  • Clean clothes dryer exhaust. Lint buildup can affect the dryer’s efficiency and may create a fire hazard. In fact, about 15,500 house fires are caused by clothes dryers each year.
  • Lubricate garage door springs. Whether you have an opener or not, greasing your garage door springs can make it much easier to operate.
  • Drain hot water heater. Sediment that collects in the bottom of the heater can affect its longevity. If you’re not sure how to drain the water heater, this tutorial has the answers you seek.
  • Look for signs of termites. A swarm of termites can lead to huge expenses. This termite primer from the EPA can help you spot them.
  • Clean septic tank (if you have one). If your sewage collects in a tank, it should be inspected annually and emptied as needed. The average household needs a septic tank cleaning every two or three years.

If in the past 2-5 years you haven’t completed the following, we suggest that you resolve to do in 2020!

  • Clean heat ducts. Accumulated dust and dirt may eventually restrict airflow and might even pose a health hazard. Call in a professional to clean the ducts, as well as repair or upgrade them if necessary.
  • Seal grout. Avoid stains and discoloration by adding a fresh coat of sealant to your bath and kitchen tile grout. This will also help ensure no water infiltration.
  • Get a termite inspection. You should look for evidence of termite damage to your home every year, but a professional inspection every few years can find hidden problems before they turn into major costs. Some companies offer free inspections.
  • Replace caulking around windows and doors. All caulking eventually gets too old to do its job effectively. Installing new material can help keep your home energy efficient.


From all of us at Charis Realty Group, we wish you all the best as you enter 2020! If we can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It would be an honor and a joy to serve you in the buying, selling, or renting process!

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