Many New Year’s Resolutions fall into the self-improvement category, but what about resolutions towards home improvement? Here are a few categories as well as tips on how to make and keep home improvement resolutions.

De-Clutter & Organize

While many homeowners spring clean, another good time to declutter and purge old items is right after the New Year. If you have lived in your home for a few years and still have boxes that are unpacked, now would be a good time to get rid of those items.  If you haven’t needed whatever is in those boxes yet, chances are you won’t.  Of course you want to make sure you’re not getting rid of family heirlooms or your child’s baby blanket. Once you decide what you’re keeping, sort the remaining items in a donation pile and a garbage pile.  Organize what you’re keeping and label boxes before storing them for future use.

Make a To-Do List

The beginning of the year is a great time to sit down and make a home improvement to-do list.  Maybe you want to paint a room, update landscaping or replace a faucet.   Make a list of all the updates you’d like to accomplish and prioritize them according to budget and also time of the year (obviously you don’t want to landscape in the winter months).  Make calls to contractors if necessary and get those projects scheduled.


Getting your financial health in order is also a common New Year’s resolution. Obtain a copy of your credit report and fix any lingering problems.  Maybe there’s a bill on there you thought you had paid off years ago.  Make a plan to pay off those credit cards.  Talk to your mortgage officer about refinancing your home.  If you plan to purchase a home in the new year, meet with your mortgage officer early in the year so you’ll know how your financial situation looks from a lender’s perspective.

Buy or Sell a Home

If your New Year’s resolution includes buying a new home or selling your current one, Farmer & Company Real Estate would be proud to assist you. Farmer & Company Real Estate represents buyers and sellers in both Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. With 14 licensed brokers, we can provide years of experience to buyers & sellers of homes, land & farms and commercial & investment properties.  We look forward to representing YOU!