SPRING INTO NEW BEGINNINGS - WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW

By Kate Bowler
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Spring is a time of renewal everywhere; a chance to make a fresh start or to try something new. Whether you're buying a new home, renovating your space, shopping for a new car, getting married, starting a family or a new job, a new beginning can be exciting. To highlight such moments, we're kicking off "New Beginnings", a new series on The Torch to celebrate these events with the help of some of the country's top experts in new beginnings. Each of these individuals has successfully navigated their own beginnings at home and on the road–including experts like Chip Wade.

"There are so many ways to add value to your home and your lifestyle—build a deck or patio for outdoor entertaining, create that cook's kitchen you've been dreaming about, replace your windows and upgrade your electrical to be more energy–efficient," says Wade. "Spring is the perfect time to get started."

Indeed, 63 percent of Americans planning to renovate say they'll initiate their home improvement project in the spring, according to the Liberty Mutual New Beginnings Report. Seven in ten Americans – and nine in ten Millennials – will do at least some of the work themselves and, adding to their DIY sweat equity, one in five will spend $10,000 or more.

To make sure you have the information you need to protect your investment of time and money in your new beginning this year, we'll share tips from a team of "New Beginnings" experts, including Chip Wade, as well as others like Bridget and Casey of DIY Playbook, and Colleen Lanin, author of The Travel Mamas' Guide. Over the next few months these experts will offer their own tips for starting something new, whether is starting a new project or making a major life change.

We'll share our expertise, too, making sure you have the information you need to protect all that you've invested in your new beginning. To get you started, here are a few steps for tackling new beginnings:

  • Break it down. Most of us make lists when contemplating tackling something big in our lives, but one mile-long list can cause more stress than it alleviates. Instead, make a series of shorter lists with achievable deadlines, organizing to-dos by week or month or even by room if you're planning a move or renovation project. This makes it easier to tackle that new beginning step by step.
  • Do your homework. If you're moving to a new home, take the time to walk through early on and make note of where important controls are located, including circuit breakers and water shut-off valves. When the lights go out, you won't be completely in the dark. Do the same when you get a new car—take the time to familiarize yourself with the vehicle's functions so you're focused once you get on the road.
  • Start small. One of the most daunting parts of starting something new is getting the motivation to start at all. Just moved into a fixer upper and don't know which project to tackle first? Start with one small project, like painting your front door to make a great first impression. Newly-married and not sure how to tackle the long list of to-do's that come with this new beginning? Take it one step at a time and start with one post-wedding task.
Keep an eye out for our next New Beginnings post and join the conversation using the hashtag, #mynewbeginning.

What will you begin today?


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