new year goals

2016 is nearly here – have you made your resolutions for the New Year? If you’re tired of the same old promises to yourself, like losing weight or exercising more, why not make some resolutions about your Laguna Beach home instead? Here are some great ways to improve your quality of life by focusing on some improvements you can make around your home.

Make additional payments on your mortgage

If you financed your home, you can seriously get ahead on paying off your mortgage if you make the commitment to make extra payments each year. Not only will you save money on interest, you’ll shorten the time it takes you to pay off the loan.

Contest your property tax assessment

If you think your home has declined in value in recent years, it may be worth it to contest your property tax assessment. Take some time to research comparable sales in your neighborhood, and if you feel your home’s value has been assessed too high, you can file an appeal and request a hearing.

Update insurance policy for possible discounts

Did you make any major repairs or improvements to your Laguna Beach home this year? Be sure to call your insurance agent to make sure they have the latest information. It could net you a discount or a lower quote on your insurance rates for 2016.

Cut energy usage

Are you looking for ways to save money around the house? Consider making energy-efficient updates or repairs, such as sealing and insulating ductwork, replacing old windows or upgrading to energy-saving appliances.

Upgrade indoor air quality

While it’s something you cannot see, the air inside your home has a direct effect on your quality of life, especially if you suffer from allergies. Be sure to maintain your heating and cooling systems and replace filters regularly. Use localized ventilation systems in kitchens and bathrooms, and consider using low-VOC paints when updating a room. Portable air filtration systems are also great for bedrooms, living rooms and other places in your home where people spend a lot of time.

Get organized

This has probably been on your list of resolutions for years, but now is a great time to de-clutter and organize your home. There are many methods out there for tackling your clutter, just choose one that works best for you. Think of how much time and energy you will save over the year when you have fewer possessions to care for. When you’re finished, donate unneeded items to charity.

Save water

While it’s true an El Nino is likely going to hit Southern California this winter, experts say we’ll still be feeling the effects of the drought for some time to come. If you haven’t already, consider drought tolerant landscaping for your Laguna Beach home. There are many local professionals who specialize in this type of landscaping, which can be designed to look lush and beautiful but requires much less water for maintenance that a typical green lawn. You can also save water by installing water-saving toilets and low-flow showerheads and faucets.

More information

If you’d like more information about Laguna Beach homes for sale, please contact The Stanaland Group. We hope you and your family have a very happy New Year!