Home Improvements for the Holidays

by Rachel Laurendeau on December 5, 2012

As the year draws to its end, you might want to think about finishing up all of those do-it-yourself projects that you started around the house this year. This would be particularly true for those of you who will be hosting friends and family over the next few weeks and want your home to be in tip-top condition when guests start to arrive. It is also nice to start the new year off fresh and free of lingering projects.

Start a list – walk through your house and make a list of things to-do. Your DIY list can either be room-by-room or based on the type of work that needs to be done. For example, if your wood floors need repair in both the dining room and the hallway, you’ll want to get them done at the same time. Once you have your list, set your priorities and strap on your tool belt. If you’re having a hard time getting motivated, choose an incentive or reward that you can claim once you’ve finished certain home improvement tasks.

Be Smart, use your phone – if you have a smart phone, you can use it to make to-do lists, shopping lists, take photos, comparison shop, calculate how much material you need for certain home remodeling projects and to find tips for finishing your projects. There really is an app for everything!

A few ideas to help you get started:

Patch and paint – our homes tend to get little nicks and dings over the course of the year. A little patching and spot painting can take the focus off of the imperfections.

Put the trim back up – if you’ve done any painting lately and the baseboards, crown molding or window trim haven’t been put back up, get to it!

Squeaky front door – a little shot of grease in the hinges or perhaps a quick adjustment is all it should take to ensure that your guests are being greeted by the sound of your voice rather than the creak of the front door.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Sometimes, all you need is an extra set of hands, so ask your spouse, a friend or a neighbor to give you a few minutes of their time. If you have realized that you’re in over your head and need some professional assistance, talk to a local home improvement expert or hire a handyman. Better to hire someone to finish the project for you rather than have it sit unfinished into the new year.

Which home improvement projects do you want to complete before the end of the year? Tell us in the comments section below.

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