10 Ways to Improve Your Home by Christmas
Summer is pretty much over which means before you know it, Christmas will be upon us and 2017 will be creeping up. The busiest time of year for most families, you’ll want your home to be looking its best but probably won’t have any spare time to make even the smallest home improvements. That’s why you should be thinking about all those odd jobs you need doing now. If you have family and friends visiting this Christmas or you simply want to feel comfortable and relaxed in your dream home, here are ten ways to go about creating it.
- Simple paint jobs
While it’s still relatively warm and dry you should get round to those paint jobs that have been on the list for a while. Whether it’s the exterior window panes, the garage door or any interior features, you’ll be thankful when it’s finally ticked off.
- New front door
A front door says a lot about your home, so it’s important to make a good impression. In the winter it’s also vital to have a practical and energy efficient door which keeps the warmth inside. By installing a new front door you can do both – imagine how pretty and inviting it will look with a hanging festive wreath.
- Spruce up the driveway
The driveway and front garden also play a huge part in making a good impression. It’s one of the first things your guests will see, so it’s a good idea to keep it looking pristine. You can give your drive a thorough clean by using a jetwash and you could also use a sealant to protect against stains and the weather.
- Treat damp
If you have any damp patches on walls around the house, you really want to solve the problem before winter. If you’re not sure what is causing the damp, ask a specialist who can advise on the next steps. Afterwards you may need to treat the area with anti-damp paint or use this as an opportunity to change up your décor for the season.
- Curtains or blinds
Investing in new blinds and/or curtains is a simple but effective way of improving your home and making it feel much cosier during winter and the festive season. Wooden blinds can be thermally efficient and thick curtains can also do their part to keep out the chill.
- Fix and revamp interior doors
The role of interior doors become vital at this time of year, to create heat pockets in rooms. If there are any doors which need repairing or you could do with oiling the hinges, do it now before Christmas. You can also choose to revamp them with a little fresh paint or change the door knob to make an interesting feature.
- Clean the sofa
If you don’t need or can’t afford to buy new furniture this year, then make it look like new with a thorough clean. Fabric sofas can be washed with special shampoo while leather sofas have their own cleaning products.
- Warm up the conservatory
You might be dining in the conservatory or if you have lots of people visiting, you may need to use this space which can get chilly in winter. Prepare the room for visitors by checking it is energy efficient, with thermal blinds fitted and a way to heat the room if it doesn’t have radiators or underfloor heating. Invest in thick, fluffy rugs and lots of lighting to create a warm atmosphere.
- Check the boiler
Get a professional to do the winter boiler checks now, or all your other home improvement efforts could be wasted! You won’t be able to impress guests without hot water or heating.
- Clean the gutters
It’s not a glamorous job but it must be done before Christmas, especially when the autumn leaves are known to create problems. Give them a good clean and clearout to prevent blockages.
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