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A new year is here!

The important thing is that you still have time to make some New Year's resolutions for your home.

So stand up, place your 3/4" socket wrench over your heart and repeat loud enough so your house can hear....

 - I promise to change my furnace filter once a month, or at least once a quarter.

 - I promise to call my favorite heating and air company and purchase a yearly maintenance contract which will keep my furnace and a/c running more efficiently, all while costing me less than $170 a year.

 - I promise to have my insulation inspected to make sure that I have enough to effectively hold in all that good heat and cool air.  This is often a free service through better insulation companies.

 - I will take a serious look at my old, crappy water heater before it gives up the ghost and fills my basement with old, crappy water.  While I am at it I will look at a high efficiency unit, or perhaps even a tankless water heater.

 - I will take an hour out of my busy year to have my garage door inspected and have general maintenance preformed on it.  I know, it's just your old garage door, but it is the largest moving thing on your home and it needs some tlc too.  Just FYI – this project will cost you less than $100.

 - I will have my septic system cleaned out if it's been more than 3 years since I last had that done.  I will also have my ducts sucked if it's been 5-7 years since I've had that done.

 - I will take a moment and stand out at the curb and look back at my house.  I do this to see if my siding needs replacing or painting, I have missing shingles on my roof, or if the swing set I dismantled back in '97 is still sitting in pieces alongside the garage.  In short, I will paint, shingle, and clean up my yard.

 - I will make sure my termite letter is up to date and if it's been more than 5 years I will have my house re-treated for those tiny, blind, flying pests which are capable of doing big damage to my home.

 - I will wash and seal my deck sometime between the Masters and Memorial Day.  If my deck is wearing out I will seriously look into building a new, maintenance free deck.

 - I will make sure my crawl space has plastic on the ground and insulation in the floor joists above.  I realize that this is a 2-3 hour chore that if stretched out correctly can take all day and leave you in enough good graces to allow you to play golf for the next month.

Happy New Year to you and your house.