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Repairing or Replacing Around the Home

submitted by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appears in the January 1, 2006 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.

Happy New Year! As we start the new year and set priorities or make New Year’s Resolutions think about your home and what should be done to keep it in top shape for the years to come. Make a list of the major and minor repairs and items needing to be replaced.

Do a room to room inventory. If you do not have a record of what you have in your home for insurance purposes, in case of fire or theft, this would be a good time to start.

Are any appliances in need of repair or replacements? By checking now you can watch for sales and make a budget for these items.

If carpet needs to be cleaned, check out companies and set a schedule that will work with your family and activities.

Is painting inside or outside necessary? A quick touch-up can make a room or home look like new.

Make sure your summer outdoor equipment is stored properly and winter items are handy.

Make a calender of home fix up jobs and then work out a plan with the family to help get the job done.

When it is time to store holiday decorations be sure boxes are marked so you’re ready for next year.

Enjoy the holidays.

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