12 Home improvement goals to make this year

January: Change your HVAC filter.

Try to change your filter every 4-6 weeks to help your HVAC system run efficiently.

February: Wash the inside of your windows.

Use glass cleaner or distilled white vinegar on the glass. Dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and dish soap to clean windowsills.

March: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Do this at least once each year and test smoke detectors monthly.

April: Inspect your indoor plumbing.

Check for dripping faucets, leaks under sinks and water spots on the ceiling. Hire a plumber if you find any issues.

May: Paint a room.

Use canvas drop cloths to protect your floors and inexpensive paper or plastic ones to cover furniture.

June: Examine your home’s exterior.

Look for cracks in the driveway, holes in the siding, and tree branches or roots that are too close to your home. Call a professional for anything that needs attention.

July: Wash the outside of your house.

Power washers can damage your siding, so use a siding cleaning kit attached to a regular garden hose instead.

August: Treat for pests.

Hire an exterminator to treat for termites, spiders and other pests. Consider setting up a monthly or quarterly contract.

September: Clean the gutters.

Clear out leaves and debris. Have a professional inspect the gutters and downspouts for damage.

October: Inspect the chimney.

Hire a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney, even if you don’t use the fireplace often.

November: Get organized.

Clean out kitchen cabinets and organize overflowing closets to prepare for the holidays.

December: Deep clean the floors.

Shampoo carpets and give wood floors a good cleaning. Check for exposed nails or boards that need to be repaired.

HomeownersTiffany Williams