How to fit your home into your New Year’s resolution
It’s that time of year again – New Year’s resolutions. You might be a couple weeks into yours already, or you might be trying to decide what exactly you need to accomplish in 2017 before you can make a list of goals (and a plan on how to achieve them). Many people choose resolutions that revolve around their jobs, fitness and weight loss, or their overall health, but a lot of times something on which you spend so much time goes completely ignored with resolutions – your home. Sure, you know some renovations need to be done. Perhaps it’s time for some minor fix-ups inside, or maybe you REALLY need a new roof or sunlight. But you have no plan to make these happen. What are the steps to set a New Year’s resolution for your home?
- Figure out your goals – You can’t set a plan for anything without knowing exactly what your goals are. Follow the SMART goal structure – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Make sure you know exactly what needs to be done, prioritize when it needs to be done, and make sure you can afford the job. If you can’t, there’s no point in even setting the goal because you won’t ever achieve it anyway. By following the SMART goal structure when setting your home-focused New Year’s resolution, you will ensure that you’re setting goals you will actually achieve, and then you can start making a plan for how to make it happen.
- Decide on your budget – Since you have your SMART goal created, you can now sit down and come up with a budget. Talk to other people you know who have gotten the same type of work done and see what they spent and which companies they used. Get quotes from companies to see what’s realistic, and of course, determine how much you can even afford to spend that is realistic for you.
- Set a timeline – If you have a leak in your roof, maybe the new roof or patches on your roof should be prioritized and should be done soon. If it’s something more cosmetic, make sure you decide to do the work or have the work done at a time when you have time to have work being done in your home and when you will have the money to do it all and to do it right (do NOT skimp on jobs with your home, especially big ones—you’ll actually end up losing money)!
- Do your homework – You need to decide if you’re going to do the work yourself or hire a professional. Do you have the time and knowledge/skillset to do the work yourself? If so, go for it. But hiring a professional may end up saving you money in the long-run because the job will be done right the first time. On that same note, though, make sure that when hiring a professional, you check their reviews, ask them to show you previous work, and interview them thoroughly enough to make sure that they are going to get the work done properly the first time.
Make sure not to neglect your home in your New Year’s resolutions. If your resolutions include roof work or a new roof, siding, ventilation, attic insulation, or dump trailer rental, contact us at Triple Peaks Roofing for more information on how we can help you achieve them!