David Babakaiff

January is a dark and cold month. However, it gives you the opportunity to start over fresh. There are many things that you can do in order to ensure that your January is a success.

Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

Frozen pipes often burst, which can lead to costly repairs. That is why it is important to insulate all exposed pipes. If you will be gone for a long time, then you will need to allow the water to trickle. Additionally, you should find out where the water shutoff valve is just in case the pipe bursts.

Prevent ice Dams From Building Up

Ice dams are blocks of ice that build up around your roof line. You should use a roof rake to get rid of snow. If you notice an ice dam forming, then you should break it up as soon as possible to prevent damage.

Remove Snow From Heavy Branches

Heavy snow can break the tree branches. That is why you should use a rake or broom to remove the snow.

Check The Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The chance of a fire increases in the winter due to fireplace and heater use. That is why it is important to test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors regularly.

Clean Out Your Panty and Kitchen

You should remove expired and stale food from your pantry and refrigerator. Wipe down your refrigerator and pantry before putting anything back.

Clean Your Wardrobe and Home

You can start the year off right by cleaning out your home and wardrobe. If the thought of decluttering your home is overwhelming, then you should focus on one area at a time.

Refresh Play Area

You can prevent your kids from saying “I’m bored” by refreshing their play area. You can add a play tent, white board or chalk board to the area.

Start Planning Your Remodeling Projects

If you are planning on renovating your kitchen or bathroom in the spring, then now is the time to start planning. Get in touch with the professionals and find out how much everything will cost.

Relax

There will likely be times when you do not feel like leaving the house. There is nothing wrong with having a lazy day. You can make some hot cocoa, enjoy a good book or watch a movie.

Take Down Decorations

If you have not taken down your holiday decorations yet, then you now is the time to do so. Make sure that you pack your ornaments with care in order to avoid breaking them. You may also want to give ornaments away if you will not be using them again.

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