‘Tis the Season: Time to Spruce up Your Home for the Holidays
The holidays are here! It’s time for seasonal sprucing and preparing your home for the arrival of guests. It doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. You just need a holiday plan of action!
Here are some ideas on how to make your home fresh and festive and get it into tip-top shape:
Add a fresh coat of paint. Adding a new coat of paint can brighten any room. If you’re not sure where to start, choose a room in which guests will spend the most time, such as the kitchen, dining room, family room or even a guest bedroom.
If painting one room is too much, consider painting just an accent wall, especially in a large room. Be sure to get all the tools you need in advance, such as clean rollers, roller covers, paint pans, painters tape and old sheets or coverings for floors and furniture.
Make small changes. Sometimes making small, inexpensive changes can make a world of difference. Consider changing the look of a couch or chair by adding a slip cover. Upgrade tired window treatments. Change the knobs and handles on cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom. Add new accessories, such as lamps, picture frames, and candles.
Many House Doctors’ handymen get calls to help customers hang art work, mirrors and drapery rods, as well as change out light fixtures. “Some people don’t have the necessary tools, or they simply don’t have the time, especially during the holiday season,” says Maria Loveless of House Doctors Northern Virginia-Manassas. “They need a professional to come in and help.”
Clean your carpets and floors. Clean carpets and floors can make your home look like new. You can call a professional carpet cleaner or rent a carpet-cleaning machine and do it yourself. You can also polish those dull hardwood floors to make them shine.
Make the house festive inside and out. Adding holiday decorations makes the house cheerful. Hang wreaths and garland inside and out. Add table runners, placemats and center pieces to your dining area. Pull out your festive throw pillows and blankets for the family room.
Don’t forget about the outside. Adding twinkle lights and other décor can be very inviting. Loveless says that most of the work they have been asked to do this holiday season has been hanging exterior lights. “Most people don’t own a 40-foot ladder because they have nowhere to store it. Even if they could, the majority of homeowners prefer not to get up on their roof to hang Christmas lights.”
Finish what you’ve started. We have all been there. We begin a home improvement project and sometimes don’t finish it. This is the perfect time of year to take a look at lingering projects and get them completed. You can always call in a professional. You’ll make sure your home is ready for the arrival of guests, and you’ll feel good about starting off the new year right.
About House Doctors
House Doctors provides professional handyman and light remodeling services to homeowners and commercial properties across the nation. Under new ownership, House Doctors is now franchising across the U.S. and has corporate headquarters in Milford, Ohio. For more information on House Doctors, or to find a local House Doctors service provider, visit: www.housedoctors.com.