Simple Home Improvements To Make Before Holiday Guests Arrive
The holidays are just around the corner, and you've volunteered your home as the host site for holiday gatherings and guests. While you are hanging mistletoe from a doorway, draping garland over your mantle, and trimming the tree with holiday lights, you may have forgotten about simple home improvements that you could make in preparation for your holiday visitors. Here are some areas of concern that are quick to inspect and fix up.
A Partridge In A Pear Tree
The bushes, trees, and other foliage that decorated your landscape all summer and fall have had a lot of time to become overgrown. You don't want your guests to snag their coats or scarves on your sidewalk jungle, so trim back any growth that is in the way. This is also a good time to sweep the walkway and sprinkle down salt if it has become icy in your neck of the woods.
Check your doorbell to make sure it is not only working, but working well. A chime may sound adequate, but will you hear it when other guests are chattering inside? If you need to fix your doorbell or adjust the volume, it's better to work on this now rather than later. This may even give you an opportunity to install a doorbell that plays holiday tunes.
Frosty The Snowguest
You don't want to freeze out your guests, so check along doorways and window ledges for breezes. If a breeze is found, consider the solutions now so you aren't using a rolled up item from your bath towel sets to block the breeze. One option is to seal the entire window with plastic covering that would be removed come springtime. The window may need a new seal, which you can install with weather stripping or caulk. The last, and most decorative, method would be to use a breeze blocker to serve a purpose while adding flare to the room.
If you plan on starting a crackling fire in your fireplace, you will want to clean the chimney. Nothing will put a damper on a party more than starting a fire only to realize there is a blockage in the flue as the room fills with smoke. A quick call to a chimney sweep will eliminate this risk. And if you aren't practiced in the art of starting a fire, you'll want to practice before the day of the party.
Make It A Silent Night
You may have guests staying the night, and many noises that we come accustomed to in our own home can be startling or bothersome for guests. Check the guestroom floors and common areas for any floor squeaks that can be fixed. Often, it is just a loose nail that can be hammered back in place or placing shims between the support beams and flooring if there is basement access under the floor.
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