The start of a new year is the perfect time to look ahead and get ready to turn over a new leaf. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular!

Many a New Year’s resolution are centered around diets, losing weight, and getting in shape. Whether the goal is to get healthy, improve your financial outlook, or mark a major life milestone, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to estimates from Forbes. With all that said, in the end, only about 8% of Americans successfully accomplish those resolutions.

Perhaps it’s because many of the goals are long-term and don’t give us immediate results which we have become accustomed to.

What if we started with small obtainable goals centered around one of our most important lifetime investments, real estate?

Whether you own or rent a home, a substantial amount of your income goes to keeping a reliable roof over your head.  With that said, here are a couple of New Year’s resolutions for homeowners and renters to consider in 2018…it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Take on a Renovation Project or Projects

You can make a resolution to finish all of your unfinished projects or starts one major renovation or start several small home renovation projects.  Whether you’re looking to update the look and feel of your home or add value for a potential resale investing in your home is a smart choice.

Redecorate

There’s something about January that causes homeowners to assess their place with a fresh eye.

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your living space, stage your property for a sale, or keep up with the latest and greatest in home décor trends, redecorating can certainly help you feel like you’ve accomplished a goal.

For more practical goal setting New Year’s Resolutions try making the following:

Review and Renew Your Homeowners Insurance

You might be missing out on some money-saving opportunities if you roll over your insurance year to year instead of reviewing your policy. It is always a good idea to look for any areas where you can shave a few dollars; these short-term, obtainable goals add up and lead to accomplishing long-term resolutions like becoming free and clear of debt.

Make Safety a Priority

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check for radon and mold. Addressing common safety problems mentioned above can also be costly and even worse become life-threatening.

Get Organized and De-Clutter

Plan a day to clean closets, cabinets, and storage space to make your home look nicer and you feel better.  Research indicates that messes cause stress, and stress is unhealthy for our minds and bodies.  Specific goals like organizing the garage lead to bigger objectives like “I’m going to stop stressing.”   If one of your “stressing variables” is removed you’re your life, you are that much closer to living stress-free.

We wish you a Happy New Year!

We can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the months ahead.