In Life at Home, Tips & Advice

Can you believe we’re already halfway through the calendar year? That means the holidays are just around the corner. The holidays make for the perfect time to enjoy yummy food, family and friends in the comfort of your own home. For many, that means scrambling to make the house presentable. If you’re planning to host this year’s festivities, make sure your home is ready to impress all your out-of-town visitors.

The sooner you prep your home to serve as holiday headquarters, the better. That’s why we’ve put together a list of projects that will give your home new life just in time for the holidays.

Add curb appeal. First impressions are a big deal, putting in a new door can make guests feel welcome and improve your home’s energy efficiency. A new door install can be completed quickly if it’s in stock at your local hardware store. If your remodeler discovers water damage or if your frame needs repairing, it may a take a few days to complete the install. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring outside help, this project is an easy update.

Install a new backsplash. One thing there’s never a shortage of during the holidays… food! The kitchen is a big part of making family dinners together and bringing everyone closer. Installing a new backsplash is a great way to give your contractor-grade kitchen an added level of chicness. Add a little color or texture or opt for a chic, clean look.

Refinish cabinets. After you’ve added a new backsplash, take your kitchen to the next level by refinishing your older cabinets to a cleaner, newer look. Since cabinets are normally a large part of the look and feel of this space, you can give your entire kitchen a “face-lift” with just one project. This can be an easy do-it-yourself project or a quick call to the pros. If you plan on DIYing, this article can help!

Update the guest bathroom. Another busy area during the holidays is the guest bathroom. The easiest way to make guests feel welcome is making sure the bathroom is an inviting and comfortable room. Obviously stock up on extra soaps and towels in case you have any relatives or friends staying with you, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile, make sure your bathroom is spruced up with new fixtures and lighting details.

Fresh coat of paint. The easiest way to change up a room involves a can of paint and a little motivation! Adding a fresh pop of color to a room can elevate the look and feel of an entire space. As a low-cost, easy option, this DIY can really make a big impression on your visitors. If you’re having trouble choosing the right color to change up your space, this guide offers plenty of tips to help.

Start from the bottom. Adding new carpeting or hardwood to your home is the perfect way to make your home cozier for the holidays! A subtle, yet bold change can mix up the look of your entire home. This project can take quite a bit of time, depending on the size of your home, so it’s better to start sooner rather than later.

With the holidays only months away, getting a head start can get things off your checklist faster! Ready to give your older kitchen an updated look or want to impress the holiday crowd with new floors? Contact a PrimeLending home loan expert to learn about your renovation home loan options.

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