home improvement checklist for the new year January 11, 2019 1:35 pm Published by

With the calendar turning over to 2019, most people look to the future and make resolutions.

For many Kansas City homeowners, it is also a great time to make resolutions for their homes. Here is a New Year’s checklist for home improvement (and home resolutions can be easier to keep than the other kind!).

New Year’s Home Improvement Checklist For Kansas City Homeowners:

#1 Declutter.

Nothing makes you feel more prepared to tackle a new year than getting rid of what you don’t need. During the course of any year, your home seems to accumulate more and more in the attic, the basement, the kitchen cabinets, and even your living spaces.

Ask yourself, what can go that will make your home more enjoyable to live in?

Pro Tip: There has been a trend to slim down home possessions, and now there are many good books on the subject. Consider going to your favorite bookstore or popular book website to find a guide to help you declutter wisely.

#2 Knock out that list of little home repairs.

Almost every home has a bunch of little stuff that never seems to get done. The light fixture that needs repaired. The shed that needs to be painted. The patio stone that is loose. And on it goes.

The list may be in your head, but why not write it down and then schedule one little project each Saturday morning in the New Year until it’s done? All that little stuff can be taken care of before you know it.

Pro tip: As an alternative, consider hiring a handyman for one or two days to knock out the list all at once. Yes, that costs a little more than doing it yourself, but the price is usually reasonable, and it is a great feeling to get it all done with minimal effort.

#3 Remodel Your kitchen.

If you’ve been living with an old kitchen for too long, maybe 2019 is finally the time to move forward with a kitchen remodel. A big home improvement like this can add significant value to your home.

You’ll also enjoy the benefits of a more functional kitchen – it will be a place you have truly made your own. Walking into a kitchen you absolutely love everyday is a great feeling.

Pro-tip: Not all Kansas City home improvement contractors are created equal. Always know the reputation of the company before you hire them. For more about our track record, click here.

#4 Or refinish your kitchen.

Sometimes a full-scale kitchen remodel is not necessary. In that case, consider using Kitchen Refinishing services. This is a great way to update your kitchen at about 1/3 the cost and in about 1/3 the time of a full-scale kitchen remodel.

Your kitchen could be a great candidate for a refinish if you don’t need any major changes to the kitchen layout and if your cabinets don’t need to be replaced, only refinished.

Pro-tip: Not every Kansas City home remodeling company offers kitchen refinishing as an available service, but we do!. For more about Kitchen Refinishing services, click here.

#5 Re-organize that one space that bothers you.

Every home seems to have that one space that you keep meaning to organize better, but you never seem to get to. It might be your kitchen cabinets, a shed, or a closet. Make 2019 the year you finally tackle it. Every time you use that space the rest of the year, you’ll be glad you did.

Pro-tip: if tackling it all at once seems too daunting, set a time each week to do one small part of it. With enough regular momentum, you can accomplish it with less frustration.

#6 Check smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.

If you don’t already have a regular time you check these, please remember to do that as the new year kicks off. It is the smart and safe thing to do.

Pro-tip: If you are unsure of the battery life, change them out anyway and use up those batteries in another device. 

#7 Remodel your bathroom.

Have you been living with an older, worn out bathroom that you would love to update? The New Year is the right time to get rid of the old and bring on the new.

With the right Kansas City home improvement company, you can get a stunningly beautiful bathroom that adds value to your home and enjoyment to your life.

Pro-tip: Professional design services can make a big difference in your bathroom remodeling results. We offer design services with our free consultation – all you have to do is ask and we can help.We wish a happy and healthy New Year to you and your home. Use this checklist to make your home even better in 2019. If we can help you with a kitchen remodel, kitchen refinish, or bathroom remodel, Contact Us to get a free consultation and quote.

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