Owning your home comes with lots of privileges….and responsibilities.  In 2017, we resolve to make our homes safer, cleaner, and more affordable – and here’s how we plan to do it:

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1. We bet you’ve been saying you’ve wanted a home alarm system forever, right?  We know this because we’ve been saying it, too – and 2017 is finally the year we’re going to make it happen.  Whether you splurge for a fancy installed system, or pick up a budget-friendly DIY kit from Home Depot, the peace of mind will far outweigh any costs or aggravation.  Other good ideas: test your smoke detectors, install a monoxide detector, and even get your radon levels assessed (plus, it’ll likely save you on your homeowners’ insurance!)

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2. Do a little research to save big on your monthly mortgage payment.  There are a number of ways that you can save money each month, but many of them require a phone call or two.  This year, resolve to lower your monthly payment by looking into ways to save on homeowners’ insurance, consider fighting your property tax assessment, or even explore your refinancing options.  And to save in the long run, consider making extra payments – it could save you thousands in interest!

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3. Declutter, declutter, declutter.  Need that bejeweled blazer in the back of your closet? What about the dusty vase you bought at Boscov’s in 1996?  Or the three broken lamps on your garage floor?  Nope, nope, nope.  In 2017, we resolve to gradually declutter our homes, room by room – starting with the dreaded basement and closets.  Really, though, you’ll appreciate it when you sell – and you might even be able to sell some items for big money online!