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Home Improvement Resolutions You Can Start Today

If you're looking for ways to upgrade your home in the new year, add these resolutions to your list.

2022 is finally here and many of us are thinking about what home renovations we'll be making this year. Home improvements make for great New Year resolutions because they not only provide a sense of personal achievement but also benefit you financially in the long run.

The tricky part about planning home improvements is it's often difficult to know where to start. If you're looking for some ideas to start your year off right, here are some recommendations from our real estate agents:

  • Declutter One Room A Month
    Decluttering can have a positive impact on mental health; however, it can also be a massive undertaking. For many people,  the job can seem too large to handle. This often leads people to lose motivation partway through. Instead of tackling the project all at once, make it an effort to declutter one room each month. This will help you break things down into more attainable goals.

  • Focus On Curb Appeal
    Curb appeal is a term that describes how your home appears from the street. Enhancing curb appeal is especially important if you want to make your property stand out among these Holland homes for sale. It can also drastically increase your home value.

    To improve curb appeal, consider painting your front door, cleaning your siding, improving your landscaping, or even purchasing a new mailbox. By taking these simple steps, your home will stand out in no time.

  • Increase Energy Efficiency
    Making your home more green not only benefits the planet but also can decrease utility bills. Going green doesn't necessarily mean investing in solar panels — there are so many simple ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. Install ceiling fans, invest in double-pane windows, and reapply caulking and sealant. You can also evaluate your insulation and make sure to tackle any overdue roof repairs, which may be allowing warm or cool air to escape. A programmable thermostat is also a great way to improve energy efficiency.

  • Create Your Home Office
    Many of us have been working from home since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, if you're still setting up your laptop at your dining room table, it's time to start thinking about your home office.

    Even if you don't have an extra bedroom, there are many places you can build a home office. If you have unused space under the stairs, in the corner of the basement, or in the upstairs hallway, these could all be suitable options. Just invest in a desk that fits and matches the space, a comfortable chair, and some basic office decor. Remember, home offices are critical selling points these days.

  • Enhance Your Outdoor Space
    Make 2022 the year you create your outdoor paradise. Enhance your porch or patio with new furniture, rugs, and mood lighting. Perhaps invest in a new grill or outdoor table, so you can be prepared to entertain company when warm weather arrives.

  • Update Your Kitchen
    The kitchen is often considered the most important room of the house when it comes to home value. If your kitchen is long overdue for an upgrade, 2022 is the year to get it done. Invest in new matching appliances, apply a new coat of paint, update your lighting fixtures, and perhaps invest in a new kitchen table. If you're thinking about adding a new color scheme, check out the Behr or Benjamin Moore  2022 Colors of The Year

Contact us today for more home improvement recommendations!


Warm Up To American Comfort Food From Holland Restaurants

Some local American-style comfort food may be just what you need to warm up this winter. Here are the Holland restaurants to visit.

Burgers, steak, chicken, sandwiches, and pizza, what's not to love about classic American cuisine? Not only does American food combine flavors from a variety of cultures, but there is also something very comforting about it. Whether it's a diner breakfast or a classic American entree for dinner, our real estate agents love warming up each winter at these Holland restaurants:

  • Hopcat - 80 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Tasty burgers, delicious sandwiches, and fresh salads — Hopcat is an awesome destination for traditional American cuisine. Warm up this winter with the spicy Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, served with a side of Cosmik Fries and pickle slices. They also have a huge rotating selection of craft beer on draft. If you like dining out downtown, then be sure to check out these awesome Holland homes for sale just around the corner.

  • Windmill Restaurant - 28 W 8th St #220, Holland, MI 49423
    For a classic American dining experience and some of the best local breakfast food, you must try the Windmill Restaurant. For the ultimate comfort foods, try a hashbrown omelet or some home-baked bread and gravy. You can also order some of the best cinnamon rolls in Western Michigan. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and daily.

  • Waverly Stone Gastropub - 20 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    A true foodie destination, Waverly Stone Gastropub's extensive menu of classic American entrees features combined with a wide selection of draft beer and cocktails makes it a great date night location or a great option for a family celebration. Pork Belly Pasta, Norweigian Salmon with Duck Fat Potatoes, and Roasted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Risotto are just a few of the many highlights of this menu. Online ordering is available if you'd prefer to eat at home.

  • Seventy-Six Restaurant - 52 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Named after its co-founders' wedding anniversary year, Seventy-Six Restaurant's mission is to provide high-end modern American cuisine and great service in a stunning atmosphere, and it succeeds on all three fronts. You'll have no trouble finding delicious comfort food — the menu sections include "High-End Junk Food," "Cast Iron Skillets," "Things We Put on Plates," and "Knife & Fork Sandwiches." Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available.

  • Beechwood Grill - 380 Douglas Ave, Holland, MI 49424
    This classic American steakhouse is known for its delicious food, great service, and generous portions. Enjoy your favorite steak, burger, fish, or sandwich, it's easy to find something for everyone at Beechwood Grill. The atmosphere is comfortable and the walls are actually lined with old metal panels that have been used for grilling their famous chicken over the years. Stop in or order takeout online.

  • Wooden Shoe Restaurant - 441 US-31, Holland, MI 49423
    Another classic American diner, the Wooden Shoe Restaurant has been a Holland staple for more than 50 years. If you're looking for the best breakfast in town, this is your place. Try eggs, sausage, pancakes, or one of the many famous omelets. The atmosphere is fun, light, and homey. Dine in, take out, or order curbside pickup.

It's not hard to find classic American cuisine in our nation's heartland. Contact us today for more information on the Holland area.

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