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‘Tis the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, according to a recent holiday survey. The good news is that there is still time to give your home a refreshed look.
Purge the closets. Heading into the holiday season is the perfect time to clean the clutter from your closets. Not only will you make room for any house guests you may have to put their things, but you’ll also free up space for any new clothing you receive as gifts.
Get ready to repair broken decorations and household items. The fact is that things get damaged during the excitement of the holidays. Use an all-purpose adhesive to fix broken ornaments, tighten loose or creaky chair legs, and repair other broken items around the house before guests arrive.
Refresh common surfaces. Give your home a fresh look and feel by washing walls, cleaning carpets and rugs, scrubbing tiles, and polishing woodwork.
Stock the essentials. Your overnight guests won’t expect four-star hotel treatment, but having basic items in place will make your visitors more comfortable. Essentials include a working light, fresh sheets and pillows, extra blankets, bath towels and a power strip to charge devices overnight.
Replace old, unsightly caulk. Throughout the year, your kitchen and bathrooms are exposed to high levels of water and moisture. This can lead to mold and mildew growth, and buildup of dirt and stains on the caulk. Make these areas look new again by removing the old caulk, thoroughly cleaning the area to remove any dirt or residue, and then re-caulking.
Advantages to selling in winter
A large majority of real estate experts will say instead of listing your home in the winter, you should wait until the spring, but there are some advantages to selling your home when the mercury drops. One major advantage is that there is less inventory for potential buyers to look at. With fewer options available, normally picky buyers are more likely to forgo their “must-have” list and will look at your home with a more open mind. Another advantage of less inventory, your home might actually sell faster because potential buyers will be more willing to buy instead of getting out in the cold and looking at multiple showings.
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Stick to a neutral color scheme for holiday entertaining
People think they have to reach for traditional red and green decor, but the truth is it’s much easier to work with a neutral palette. Use natural materials like woven baskets and mats, and layer in metallic accents. Things like brass candle holders and napkin rings will instantly up the glam factor. Pull greenery from the garden, and finish off your tablescape with candles.
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Stopping air leaks in your home
A way to reduce energy consumption is to adequately seal the home to stop any air leaks by considering a smart insulation material. Insulation experts and homeowners should survey their house from top to bottom, and assess any trouble spots such as drafty areas or cold zones which could be caused by air leakage. Air leakage can limit the effectiveness of heating systems. According to insulation specialists, floors, walls and ceilings can account for up to 31 percent of air leakage in a home. Spray foam insulation, which can help combat air leakage, is growing in popularity among homeowners since it is an energy-efficient material that delivers year-round benefits.
Home Help: Tips to help you prepare your home for holiday celebrations
TIP OF THE WEEK