New Years res­o­lu­tions for your home

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Run­ning a home can be a full-time job. Un­for­tu­nately, many of us don’t have that kind of time. This new year, re­solve to check off all the items on your to-do list with­out work­ing harder. You can ac­com­plish this by find­ing smarter so­lu­tions to main­tain your home ef­fi­ciently.

Pest Con­trol

When it comes to pest con­trol, a false sense of se­cu­rity dur­ing the cooler months can get you in trou­ble, as all homes are sus­cep­ti­ble to pest invasion year-round.

The ex­perts at Ter­minix say the best way

to pre­vent ro­dents from en­ter­ing your home is by seal­ing holes and cracks out­side your home. In­stall a good, thick weather­strip on the bot­tom of all doors. Be sure the door from the garage is sealed ex­tra tight.

If you’re us­ing fire­wood in­doors, never bring more in­side than you need at one time. Fire­wood can har­bor in­sects like bee­tles, spiders, lady­bugs, ants, cock­roaches and cen­tipedes.

It’s im­por­tant to have a pro­fes­sional pe­ri­od­i­cally in­spect for signs of pests and take pre­ven­ta­tive con­trol mea­sures.

Sys­tem Main­te­nance

Cre­at­ing monthly and an­nual main­te­nance sched­ules for your home’s ma­jor sys­tems and ap­pli­ances can save you time and money later, ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts at Amer­i­can Home Shield.

Start by adding th­ese tasks to your monthly cal­en­dar: clean the dish­washer drains to pre­vent clogs and break­downs, flush the garbage dis­posal with wa­ter and bak­ing soda to pre­vent odor and grime, and change the fil­ters for your air con­di­tioner and heat­ing sys­tem to im­prove air qual­ity.

An­nual main­te­nance should in­clude check­ing your washer’s hoses for leaks, clean­ing the lint from your dryer duct­work, caulk­ing leaks around win­dows and doors, and hav­ing your heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tems pro­fes­sion­ally ser­viced.

Look into home war­ranty plans with a broad net­work of pro­fes­sional ser­vice con­trac­tors and the abil­ity to place ser­vice re­quests 24/7. A home war­ranty pro­vides cov­er­age for break­downs of home sys­tem com­po­nents, such as HVAC and plumb­ing, and also ma­jor ap­pli­ances.

Deep Clean

Keep­ing your rooms clean can make a house a liv­able, com­fort­able home. Pre­vent clut­ter with or­ga­ni­za­tional tools like bas­kets, shoe racks and coat hang­ers.

To avoid ex­tra mop­ping, con­sider ask­ing guests to re­move their shoes be­fore walk­ing through your home. Such mea­sures may save you from spot clean­ing, but noth­ing can save you from the task of home clean­ing in the long term. For a thor­ough, deep clean and to en­sure small de­tails aren’t over­looked, con­sider us­ing a pro­fes­sional clean­ing ser­vice.

Tough Jobs

No other item in your home can af­fect the ap­pear­ance of your home like car­pet­ing. Sched­ule a car­pet clean­ing for a fresh start to the year, and have the car­pets cleaned ev­ery six to twelve months. Like­wise, a trained tech­ni­cian can en­sure proper care of sur­faces like hard­wood floors, tile and grout and also up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture.

With­out adding too much work to your al­ready busy sched­ule, you can re­solve to give your home the care it de­serves. For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­fes­sional brands that can help, visit www.ser­vicemaster.com.

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