As the winter months settle in, we all tend to spend more time inside. Now is a great time to tackle maintenance inside your home. Taking time this month to organize and plan is a great way to start the new year feeling ready and refreshed. Here are our top home maintenance tips for January 2023.
January is often an excellent time for a reset and refresh, and decluttering your home is a great way to start the year on the right foot. Holiday decor, old clothes, and knick-knacks have a way of accumulating during the holidays, so getting organized in January can be a huge help. What better time than at the start of a new year to clear the clutter and reduce stress?
Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and replaces batteries if needed. You should check them at least once a month to be sure they are working, and change the batteries at least every six months. Doing so at the beginning of each year and then again in July will make it easy to remember. Replace carbon monoxide detectors every five to seven years and smoke detectors every ten years.
Schedule a ‘fix-it’ weekend
Set aside one weekend this month to tackle minor repairs around the home. Before getting your hands dirty, go from room to room and make note of things that need fixing (e.g., cracked switch plates, burned-out bulbs, loose screws, and squeaky hinges that need lubrication). Once you have an idea of what needs a little TLC, make a list of the materials and tools you’ll need. Shop for what you don’t already have, then get to fixing!
Plan for upcoming projects
If you are considering making major renovations or repairs around your home this year, create a plan and line up contractors now. This way, you aren’t scrambling to find reputable sources at the last minute (most will be booked solid!). Feel free to contact us for a list of reliable home service providers and contractors.
That’s it for our home maintenance tips for January 2023. Be sure to check out our blog for more useful home and lifestyle tips!