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5 New Year's resolutions for homeowners

5 New Year's resolutions for homeowners

At the dawn of every new year, people make resolutions to improve their life. This could be to stop smoking, go back to school, lose weight or try a new hobby. Regardless, it's a chance for people to decide what matters most and focus on that for the year to come. Homeowners should make their own resolutions as a way of setting goals and ensuring they get the most out of the experience.

Here are five resolutions you may want to consider:

"When refinancing, opt for a fixed mortgage."

1. Refinance your mortgage 
While the mortgage is a huge priority for any homeowner, not everyone takes steps beyond paying their monthly rates and fees. However, as Bankrate mentioned, the new year is the perfect time to refinance your mortgage.

If possible, switch from a variable to a fixed mortgage; that way, you can eventually lower your payment and avoid extra-high interest rates. When refinancing, though, it's always a good idea to shop around at several banks to find the best deal.

2. Declutter 
If you really want a fresh start in the new year, you might want to consider getting rid of the clutter in your home. That means at every level possible, from furniture or other pieces you don't need to cleaning out storage spaces and random drawers. The streamlining process has a number of benefits, including allowing you to rethink how your home is laid out and offering some much-needed peace of mind. You can also make someone's new year equally promising by donating some of these home goods.

3. Develop safety measures
Getting rid of furniture is one thing, but there are other, more important updates, to make your home safer. That means taking steps like checking your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, making sure the motion lights and alarm systems work properly, and that your family has a plan in case of fire or other emergency. Safety should always be a priority, but the start of a new year means you can begin tackling these tasks with ample time and attention.

4. Bust out some upgrades
If you've been in your home for long enough, there may be a few upgrades you've wanted to start but never had the time. Why not use the surge of promise that comes with the new year to get underway with a few projects? That could be anything from installing digital locks and repainting the bedrooms to putting rock down in the backyard or rearranging the living room. Even simple projects can be a great way to make use of the momentum we all feel as a new year starts, and it may inspire you to tackle other, larger-scale endeavors to make the most of your home.

5. Relocate!
Some people may wind up tackling all of these tasks as they begin the new year by moving to a new home. And why not? There is no better motivation to upgrade or design a new dining room layout than when you move into a brand new home. Whereas other projects you can tackle yourself, this move will require to help of professionals.

Atlas Van Lines is experienced with moves of all types, and to every corner of the globe. They can ensure a quick and efficient move, while you worry about how to spend time in your dream home. 

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