While the holiday season can get a bit hectic on certain days, there are other times when it’s all quiet on the home front. When you have some extra time off from work, it’s a perfect opportunity to get into quick home improvements that you’ve had on the back burner for way too long. This way, it doesn’t get held over into the New Year when who knows when it’ll get done.
Here are three quick home improvements for your home that can be completed while the in-laws aren’t around.
Quick Home Improvements: Upgrading the Appliances
Depending on whether it’s an old dishwasher that’s playing up, a new washing machine to install in the kitchen or something else, dealing with appliances tends to be heavy going and involves working in tight spaces. Depending on your size and level of athleticism, that may or may not be a good idea! The last thing you need is to pull a muscle or injure your back during the holidays.
It might be a good idea to get some help if you have an appliance that needs repairing or servicing. And if a new appliance and water lines must be installed, you’ll certainly need assistance with that for sure.
Replacing the Flooring
The timing and location of a flooring replacement must be carefully determined. You don’t want to start replacing the main entryway flooring near Christmas time, for instance, or it’ll be mayhem. So, pick your time frame well with any flooring replacement.
Replacing carpeting with hardwood floors is currently very “in” and sought after both by homeowners and potential buyers alike. The low maintenance, pet-friendly, and choice of finishes through wood species and grain selection provides plenty of options to match or offset the existing décor nicely.
Repainting the Walls For Quick Home Improvements
This one is something for after the holidays to avoid the new paint smell from lingering too long when you are expecting guests.
Select a room and prepare the walls ready to repaint them. You’ll need to look for any dents or holes that require filling in. Any rectified sections will require sanding down and priming to protect them. It’s also sensible to wash the walls – as strange as this sounds – to remove any grease from the air that’s settled on the walls (as well as dust and other air particles that might be present too).
Then you’re ready to repaint the walls. Use a cheap matte emulsion for the first coat, as it’s cheaper. Then use your selected paint color for the second coat. Take advantage of daylight to check whether one coat is sufficient or if other colors are still visible beneath.
Don’t try to do too much over the holiday season. It’ll be difficult enough finding a spare few days to get started. Pick a single quick home improvement and complete them. Then see how much time you have remaining for other quick home improvements, before you head back to work again.
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