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Design Recipes: Put these home fixes on winter list

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service

We have all heard of New Year’s resolutions, but what about fixes for your home? Those back burner items you have been holding off for months can now become front burner fixes in the new year. So what should you focus on and where should you begin? Here are 10 items you can place on your “to do” checklist without breaking the bank.

1. Check the filters in your HVAC unit. So often these get clogged simply because they are not checked and changed on a regular basis.

2. Check your mulch. This time of year it is best to cut back some of your landscape and mulch in order to help protect plantings for the warmer months.

3. Donate. Extra items around the home causing clutter can easily be put to better use by being donated to your favorite charity.

4. Do an energy assessment. One of the costliest aspects of home ownership relates to heating and cooling. An energy assessment can help you discover potential deficiencies.

5. Check for leaks. Undetected water leaks can cause severe damage. This time of year is a perfect time to make sure your home is properly sealed.

6. Change batteries. From the smoke detector to the carbon monoxide detector and flashlights, now is ideal to make sure all are in working order.

7. Winterize. From making sure seals are tight around windows to winterizing outdoor faucets, protecting connections against the elements can prevent potential freezing.

8. Plan for spring. Now is a good time to plan spring outdoor projects so as soon as the weather warms up, you are ready to go.

9. Bring the outdoors in. Many of your treasured outdoor items from furniture to outdoor equipment may not be able to brave the elements, so it may be best to bring those items indoors.

10. Have supplies on reserve. From canned goods to bottled water, having some necessities on standby will surely come in handy during an emergency.

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