Angie's List: Start the New Year off with Angie's List Pledge

LEWISTON, ID - There's a lot of upkeep owning a home. If you've ignored any much needed repairs, the New Year is a good time to take inventory of what needs attention.

In Angie's List report, getting your house in order for 2014.

"My goal is not to add more work to everyone's schedule," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "The key here is to do an assessment. Walk around your house like you are getting ready to buy the house and make a list of the things that need to be fixed. You should be able to do this in an hour or two, but it will save you a lot of time, headache and money down the road."

"I walk into a house and anything that stands out to me, my eyes are going to go to it and I'll see it," said handyman Jeff Flora. "A crack in the ceiling or water stain or whatever. It just stands out to me."

"We decided to redo our kitchen because our house has now gotten to the point where some of the items in it are outdated, but we haven't out grown it yet so we decided to make it a little bit nicer while we are still here," said homeowner Jon Weaver.

"I know I'm not alone," said Hicks. "I don't like to be surprised and I'm sure many of you don't either. That's why I'm asking people to take the Angie's List Pledge because it will allow you to access what needs to be done around your house, which is going to save you money in the long run and hopefully avoid an unexpected expense partway through the year."

"It might be a minor thing," said Flora. "It might be a major thing but it's always a good idea to call somebody that has a little bit of experience because experience matters and they can take a look at it ascertain whether it's going to be a big problem or a small problem."

The Angie's List Pledge is easy. Just commit to two hours of inspecting your home and finding its problem areas. Next, make a list of what projects to tackle first. If you don't know where to start, Angie's List offers a downloadable pledge: