As we enter 2020, it is time to take stock of our successes and failures in 2019 and make adjustments. After all, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are all about. In this post, we collected some essential resolutions for homeowners that can make the upcoming year much better and can improve the quality and value of your property.

Invest in Professional Cleaning

The Internet has thousands of articles with how-to, DIY cleaning instructions. But there is a reason that professional cleaning services continue to thrive in the modern era. Not only does the hiring of a professional free you up to handle your other business in our perpetually busy age, but it also ensures a specialized level of quality. When you hire a company to come onto your property and give it a deep clean, make sure they have the credentials. You probably want someone who has been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, for starters.

Commit to De-cluttering

With the rise of Marie Kondo in recent years and the push to get rid of items in your home that do not “spark joy,” clutter seemed like a thing of the past. Unfortunately, our presence in a society of consumption means that our “stuff” just keeps growing. Don’t let the trend die! Re-assess the state of your home, make a list of items you can donate or toss out, and purchase stylish storage containers like woven baskets or discreet trunks to hold the things you truly cannot live without.

Safety First

The little things can sneak up on us if we don’t stay vigilant. When you think of home safety, you probably think of alarms meant to repel or alert the presence of intruders. What you may not consider are the other myriad ways that safety can be compromised in your home. For starters, make sure you test your house for radon, which can cause lung cancer. Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are in working order. Clean out the lint in your dryer vent and ducts, as lint causes a staggering number of house fires every year. To prevent illnesses that result from mold, check to make sure your bathroom and other key areas vent to the outdoors. You may need to hire a home inspector to make sure your vents are not covered up by shingles or roofing material.

We hope you have a great start to the new year and make 2020 your best year yet. For information about Cedar Ridge, contact our office.