HOLMES: Keeping New Years Resolutions Close to Home


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Last year was another tough year but hopefully things will improve as the year goes on. While most of our New Years Resolutions focus on improving yourself, reducing weight, and getting back to the gym – all of which are essential for a healthy mind and body – what about of your house? Our homes also need to be healthy, and they need to be checked and maintained regularly.

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This year, I urge everyone to consider making home resolutions for 2022. Here are some resolutions to consider.


When you leave the house, do you make the mistake of leaving all the lights on? Is your thermostat set on a high temperature all the time? You have two choices: pay attention to and change your habits, or work towards a “smart home”. A smart thermostat will help you save money by allowing you to control your heating and air conditioning system remotely and adjust it on your schedule. It will also keep track of your home’s energy consumption in real time.

Automation hubs are great for managing your lighting by letting you adjust which lights turn on and off through an app. Even modest water consumption can be recognized and tracked via an app. Some systems can also send you a notification if a leak is detected and shut off the water within five seconds to prevent damage.


Most people want to blame the builder, contractor, or someone else when problems arise in the home when there is a good chance that lack of maintenance is to blame. This is why it is essential to perform proper maintenance checks to keep your home healthy and safe.

I have maintenance checklists for each season, and I encourage owners to follow them.

Regular checklist items include:

Change the filters on your furnace.

Check that your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans are not blocked.

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Check for cracks and holes in the exterior walls and foundation of your home.

Make sure your gutters are free of debris and undamaged.

Hire an expert to inspect all the essential systems in your home. Have them check the roof, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), plumbing and electrical systems, as well as the basement, garage and attic to make sure they are all in good working order. functioning. The results will help you identify issues and prioritize what needs to be fixed first, which is very useful if you are looking to renovate.


Keeping water away from your home and foundation is essential through leveling, roofing, gutters and downspouts. Snow should be shoveled away from the foundation to prevent moisture from entering your basement.

In the attic, look for water points, especially near the rafters. Remember, your roof is your home’s first line of defense, and your attic can tell you how tough it is.


Have your indoor air quality tested. Radon, molds and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can all be harmful to health, with radon being the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Inspecting your indoor air is the best advice I can give to anyone interested in having a healthy home.

To determine if your home contains potentially hazardous levels, test results are compared to national health and safety regulations.


The owners are continually renovating their kitchens and bathrooms, knocking down walls and expanding their living spaces. They spend all of their time choosing tiles, flooring, appliances and lighting. Do you, however, have any idea where the money should be spent first? It should be directed outside your home.

Too many homeowners ignore the exterior of their property and put everything inside at risk. If you neglect the exterior, you could end up with broken tiles, ceiling leaks, poor indoor air quality, or even worse, a newly rebuilt basement damaged by flood or water damage. . It will only be a matter of time before such problems arise.

So, start the year off on the right foot by making some home-related New Years Resolutions that will protect you and your home, and keep doing things right.

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