The holiday season is the time to kick back, relax, and have some family fun. At the same time, it is also the ideal period to freshen up your home in preparation for the new year.
Make the best of your holiday by catching up on some home maintenance tasks. Since every member of your household will be free as well, you can get them to help you out.
This serves as another way to spend time with your loved ones in a productive and meaningful way. And when you are done, you can reward yourselves with plenty of good food and good cheer.
Worried that you have not crossed off everything on the to-do list? Well, here is a handy guide on what you should accomplish in time for January.
Thorough House Check
It is recommended that you take this opportunity to do a thorough check of your house, interior and exterior, for necessary repairs and maintenance.
Is the house paint chipping? Are any windows cracked or broken? Is there any damage to the house, roof or walls? Are there any leaking pipes? Are there any loose or frayed wires?
These questions are essential to help you handle any problems that need fixing. They are important for the health and safety of your family too.
It would help if you were sure to go through the house at least twice to guarantee that no issue has been missed, regardless of how small.
Do not just focus on your house, your garden and lawn needs. The holidays are a great time to trim and maintain your shrubs and trees.
Make sure that the trees on your property are not overgrown and getting in the way of electrical wiring. Dead plants should be removed and replaced with new ones.
You can also use this opportunity to start a new section of your garden. You can add a vegetable plot or plant some herbs if you want to start small.
Hardware and Appliances
Besides wiping down windows, you should also be aware of household hardware that needs some care. Shine doorknobs and hinges, but also remember to tighten them if they are loose.
This is a great time to replace the batteries of fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors around the house. Functional ones will help to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Bathrooms are one of the essential rooms in the house.
Check the tiles for grout or mould. Ensure that flushes are fully functional. Test showers for water pressure.
Besides these tasks, you should also be on the lookout for caulking in showers and bathtubs. By removing showerheads and cleaning up sediment, you will also be prolonging its lifespan.
Declutter and Deep Clean
While you are busy decorating the house for Christmas, you are likely to find old items that are not usable or necessary anymore. Use this chance to declutter and perhaps donate items to charity as well.
You can also choose to do a deep clean of the house during this time. It will take time and effort, but with all hands on deck, it can be done in a couple of days.
Doing a full clean of the house will leave your living spaces feeling like new.
Once you are done with all of the tasks above, you may want to consider redecorating for the new year! After taking down those holiday decorations, you are in the ideal time to move things around and freshen up the looks of your house.
Swap out cushion covers, wall hangings and floor rugs. You can go crazy and use a new colour theme for this as well. After all, the new year is the perfect time for a modern look.
Add some finishing touches to your home by ensuring that all surfaces are clean and polished. This includes your floor too.
Give your floors a new, fresh look by opting for floor sanding. Besides which, you should also be sure that all decorative pieces in the house are clean and dust-free.
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