Preparing for the holidays is stressful enough, so these simple home improvements will reflect the care that you give your house, not just during this season but all year long.
Protect Hardwood Floors.
Hardwood floors are a must-have for many home buyers today. Whether your house is newly built, or you live in an older one, hardwood floors command top sale dollars. It pays to invest your home improvement dollars in regularly scheduled deep cleaning and polishing. Dirt and grime can become imbedded in the crevices of hardwood floors, so clean them regularly to prevent dulling. For a deeper cleaning, you can steam sealed wood floors with a steamer designed especially for them. This steam cleaning is cost-effective and it provides added benefits, such as deodorizing and removing bacteria, allergens and mold. Give this classy flooring the proper care and it will reward your investment by adding value to your home.
Update Other Flooring.
Depending on how large your family is, your floors have seen a lot of foot traffic. Even if you’re a single professional but you entertain a lot, high traffic areas like kitchens, dining rooms and hallways can take a beating. Planning upgrades can be a smart move since many home improvement stores will be offering sales on items such as flooring. Changing your tiles can brighten up a room. If this sounds like a herculean task, a trip to your local hardwood store will reflect many flooring options that are DIY-friendly. In addition to adding value to your home and making it sparkle, keeping your flooring updated can save on utility bills and in some cases provide sound proofing.
Storage, Storage, Storage!
You can never have enough storage space. If you’re planning to bring out the holiday decorations, take time to go through your current decorations and toss those that are worn or broken. Remember, less is better. Don’t over spend on items that won’t stand the test of time. It’s also beneficial to replace old shelving with more modern ones that can increase the size of a small closet. You’ll be surprised at the amount of space you can free up and you’ll also be able to take a more accurate inventory of what you have when the holidays are over.
Give Old Furniture a Boost.
Holidays are the time for socializing! However, if you entertain at home, worn furniture can put a damper on your mood. If you’re not in the market to purchase new furniture, try reviving your old pieces. It’s amazing how brightly patterned throw pillows can enliven a sofa, or a striped area rug can create a sense of warmth and intimacy. Remember those antique pieces can shine with a little care. Check with a professional before using any product on wooden furniture. You can easily fill in scratches or remove paint or stains with a kit made expressly for this purpose.
The upcoming holidays are a time for reflection and communion with family and friends. If you’re up the night before cleaning and doing last-minute renovations – in addition to cooking – you’ll be exhausted on the big day. It pays to plan ahead so you can enjoy yourself and make it a holiday to remember.
Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which specializes in dinnerware and flatware sets such as Oneida Juilliard. She also contributes articles to other home and garden sites. When Ann is not decorating her house, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.