3 Things Homeowners Should do in January

The holidays are over and a new year has begun. For homeowners, that means it’s time to do a few planning and maintenance tasks that will save time, money and hassles throughout the year. For homeowners planning to list their house on the market this spring or summer, these 3 tips, courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS® consumer website HouseLogic, are especially important.

1. Finalize plans for summertime projects such as landscaping and decks, especially if you need help from a professional. Now is the time to find a contractor if you want to enjoy your outdoor projects by summer, or if you plan to list your home by summer. Beat the spring rush by getting bids and contracts in place now so that your project will be one of the first scheduled before the contactor get booked up.

2. Create an annual schedule to clean and replace all home filters. In addition to HVAC filters, the filters in your refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, dryer, and other household items need to be changed or cleaned once a year in order to be effective. Don’t forget the dehumidifier filter, which can be a breeding ground for harmful mold.

3. Deep clean the kitchen. The holiday merriment takes a big toll on the kitchen, so now is a great time to clean the oven, purge the pantry, clean out the fridge, and wipe down the walls and baseboards.


The Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) is the “The Voice for Real Estate” in the Greater Louisville Area. As the local arm of America’s largest trade association, the National Association of REALTORS®, GLAR represents more than 4,000 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. GLAR organizes advocacy efforts on legislative issues that impact the real estate profession and homeownership, offers professional development and continuing education opportunities, and coordinates community service projects throughout the year so its members can give back to the community where they live and work.

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