Each new year offers a season of renewal. Start fresh this year with New Year’s resolutions for your home to add value, visual appeal, comfort and functionality. From simple fixes like upgrading to energy efficient LED lights to designing your dream outdoor kitchen, let 2019 be the year you bring focus to improving your home.
At First Coast Supply in Jacksonville, Florida, we provide contractors and homeowners the resources you need to create dream homes. We offer the hottest brands like Bosch appliances to keep your Jacksonville home on trend. Stop by our Showroom today to get started with your 2019 New Year’s home resolutions.
Five New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
1 – Improve Energy Efficiency
A focus on energy efficiency is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. With a few simple strategies, you can increase your home energy efficiency. Start by switching to LED light bulbs. LED bulbs are 75% more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. Another way to improve energy efficiency is by sealing air leaks in your home. Inspect your home’s windows and doors to identify any air leaks. Use caulk or weather stripping to seal the leaks.
Another great option to save energy is with updated appliances. Newer ENERGY STAR® appliances use less energy than older appliances without sacrificing function. Upgrade to new kitchen appliances this year in order to save money on energy costs while adding new features and style to your home.
2 – Fix What’s Broken
It’s easy to ignore those annoying home projects that creep up throughout the year. Overtime, all those little projects can add up and your home may begin to look in disrepair. Make this the year to fix what’s broken in your home.
Did you know that household leaks can add up to 10,000 gallons of wasted water in a year? That’s money down the drain! Replace or repair faucets and toilets. Work with a plumbing professional to identify and fix damaged pipes or other plumbing issues.
Hire a handyman or do it yourself to repair broken windows, blinds, cabinets, trim, doors and more. Take a few projects at a time and before you know it, your home will be looking as good as new.
3 – Clear Out Clutter
Like with small repair issues, clutter can build up over time. Clutter seems harmless, but ridding your home of clutter will not only improve the look of your home, but it’s also good for our health. Studies show that reducing clutter provides an increased sense of wellbeing for individuals.
Don’t be overwhelmed with clearing out clutter. Tackle one area of your home at a time. The key to creating an organized environment is two-fold. First, get rid of items you do not need or want. Second, incorporate storage solutions that help with organization and provide a place for those items that you want to keep. Install a mudroom and update cabinet storage. Create a clutter free home this year.
4 – Add Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home makes the first impression. Add curb appeal to your home this year. Start by tackling the little things first, like cleaning up the exterior of your home. Trim trees and bushes, weed, fertilize the lawn and remove any old or broken yard furniture and décor.
Next determine your budget for bigger projects like new paint, adding fencing, repaving the driveway and installing new landscaping. Another great way to add curb appeal and value to your home is with a new outdoor kitchen. Create a backyard oasis when you install a fully functional outdoor space for cooking, eating and entertaining.
5 – Make Your Home Smarter
Smart technology for the home is a trend that’s here to stay. Smart technology options add safety, energy savings and improved functionality. Most smart home features include an option to control your home remotely via a smartphone.
Smart thermostats offer improved home temperature control that lead to energy savings. Smart door locks and doorbell cameras offer added protection and security. And, smart appliances continue to add function for the home cook. With refrigerators that can monitor ingredients and even suggest recipes, to remote start dishwashers, new smart appliances add luxury and value to your home’s kitchen.
Invest in Your Home this Year
Invest in your home this year with New Year’s resolutions for your home. Visit the First Coast Supply Showroom to see all the latest trends for kitchens and bathrooms, including Bosch and other top appliances brands.