Mike Croxall: Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - by Mike Croxall, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

As Greater Chattanooga residents ring in a new year, it’s a perfect time to make some personal resolutions that promote positive changes in every aspect of your life – including your home. When you make your own list, you may be surprised to discover you and your home have strikingly similar resolutions!

Lose the Bulk

Losing weight is one of the toughest resolutions for a person to stick to, but for a home it’s one of the easiest. Don’t wait until “spring cleaning” time to toss, re-sell, or donate items you no longer need, especially after the holidays when new purchases and gifts are taking up space.

Find a New Hobby

DIY projects can give you a great sense of personal accomplishment, but there are certain tasks that are good for the novice and others that are best left to the professionals. Replacing light fixtures, painting walls, and switching out hardware are a few examples of DIY projects that almost anyone can do. But before you start knocking down walls, taking up floors, or removing cabinets, consult with a remodeler who can provide some professional guidance.

Cleanse the System

It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays. Likewise, your home might seem sluggish, as it over-consumes electricity and water. There are countless new products available to improve your home’s energy efficiency. From low-flow water fixtures, smart-home thermostats, and motion-sensing automated lights, to Energy Star appliances and new double-pane windows, the options are endless. Ask a building professional which features are best suited for your home and your needs.

Spend Wisely  

After the holidays, a top priority for many is to identify and eliminate areas of wasteful spending. Similarly, for your home, you might have several improvements in mind but no idea if they are wise investments. A building professional can help you determine which of those improvements will provide the best return in terms of energy savings and home value, and can help you develop a plan to address them over time.

Your home is a reflection of you, so it’s no surprise that you may have very similar New Year’s resolutions. To consult with a building professional about which improvements are best suited for your home, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga online membership directory at www.HBAGC.net. 


Geoff Ramsey: September 2018 Residential Market Report

10-Acre Ooltewah Site At Volkswagen Exit Of I-75 Sells For $2.8 Million

Invista Sells Property On Amnicola Highway For $9.6 Million


Some economy observers are pointing to 2018 as the final period in a long string of sentences touting several happy years of buyer demand and sales excitement for the housing industry. Although ... (click for more)

A 10-acre site near the Volkswagen exit of I-75 has sold for $2.8 million. It is located directly in front of the new Fed Ex ground facility off Volkswagen Drive. The sale was ... (click for more)

Invista Sarl has sold property across from Chattanooga State Community College for $9.6 million. The property is at 4500 Amnicola Highway. The sale was to 4500 Amnicola LLC. Invista ... (click for more)


Real Estate

Geoff Ramsey: September 2018 Residential Market Report

Some economy observers are pointing to 2018 as the final period in a long string of sentences touting several happy years of buyer demand and sales excitement for the housing industry. Although residential real estate should continue along a mostly positive line for the rest of the year, rising prices and interest rates coupled with salary stagnation and a generational trend toward ... (click for more)

10-Acre Ooltewah Site At Volkswagen Exit Of I-75 Sells For $2.8 Million

A 10-acre site near the Volkswagen exit of I-75 has sold for $2.8 million. It is located directly in front of the new Fed Ex ground facility off Volkswagen Drive. The sale was to Big G 3 Llc from Pattillo Construction Co Inc. (click for more)

Breaking News

WWTA Releases Timetable That Would Have Ooltewah Sewage Treatment Plant In Operation By 2025; Public Meetings Set At Central High

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority has released a timetable that would have a new sewage treatment plant in Ooltewah in operation by 2025. A request for a site at Mahan Gap Road goes before the Planning Commission at Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. It goes to the County Commission Zoning Committee on Dec. 12 and the full commission on Dec. 19. The WWTA also ... (click for more)

Downtown Post Office Finally Getting Handicap Ramp

Chattanooga's Downtown Post Office, after some lawsuits and numerous complaints over the years, is finally getting a handicap ramp. Federal Judge Sandy Mattice said the complaints had increased in recent months and the General Services Administration agreed to fund the project at the historic building on Georgia Avenue. The judge said, "It's a beautiful building, but it's ... (click for more)

Opinion

Too Many Questions

First it was about 2,000, then we were told it’s up to 4,000. We have no way of knowing who’s coming or what their purpose is. NBC and CNN assure us they are seeking sanctuary but how can we know? Neither Honduras or our subjective media in America have been honest with us in the past. So, how do we know why that many people are marching across Central America? Then this morning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Answer For Amy

Amy Schumer, whose cousin is Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, is said to be a very successful comedian and an activist of note. You may remember her most recent appearance was when she was arrested at the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago. She was part of a disgraceful mob who unlawfully protested the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the hunch is Amy wanted to get arrested so she ... (click for more)