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Home Improvement Projects to do Before the Holidays

posted by Becca Cornell on December 23, 2020 in Philadelphia

Even with the smaller size of your family gathering this holiday season, there will be no shortage of memories made and captured in the form of photos. And be sure, they’ll be more shared than ever before! It's easy to make sure your home is in tip-top shape so it shines in all your memories. Just  follow these top holiday home improvement tips.

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Details, Details, Details: Hardware, Doorknobs and Paint Touchups

This is another case of the little details adding up. While living our day-to-day lives, we don't always notice when hardware begins to tarnish, doorknobs lose their shine and the paint on your walls and doors begins to chip. Taking a Saturday to go through your home and make a list of all the small details that might be glossed over in day-to-day life, and then making improvements to them will elevate the overall look and feel of your home this holiday season.

We suggest taking a special interest in hardware, doorknobs and small appliances with imperfections, as they’re usually easier and more budget-friendly to replace. Another great place to start is with the paint on your walls and the paint of the trim around your home. In addition to chips, look for smudges, and dirt or grimy prints from little hands or paws, you’ll be surprised at how many you find once you actually start looking. These are easily fixed with a magic eraser and a little elbow grease and some of the leftover paint from your walls and trim. No leftover paint? Try to get a color match at a local paint store, most of the time they’ll be able to get close enough for small touchups.

Energy Efficiency: High Tech Thermostats and Replacing that Old Window

While this may have been on your mind as the cold weather began, it’s especially noticeable around the holidays when you and your family are home more than ever. The cold air in your home can not only be a disruption to the festivities, but it can be detrimental to your health as well. High tech thermostats help to control and regulate your home's heating and ventilation, allow you to create automatic and programmable settings, and adapt to your habits, schedules, weather and general comfort levels. They do so in a way that optimizes your energy, and in effect, optimizes your energy bill.

One area of energy efficiency a high-tech thermostat cannot fix, however, are drafts from old windows and doors. If you’re experiencing severe drafts from a window or an entry door, it might be time to replace them with more energy-efficient options. Otherwise, it can jeopardize the comfort of your home and your energy bill.

Big Changes and Big Payoffs: Your Kitchen and Bathroom

If you have more time and less family around this holiday season, it might be the perfect time to prepare for more festive holidays to come in 2021 and beyond by making some bigger updates. If you’re looking to take advantage of your time in this way, consider large home improvement projects with a big payoff. Ideally a home improvement project that improves the worth of your home, without costing you an arm and a leg. Some of the top renovations to maximize your return should you ever decide to sell? Kitchen and bathroom renovations, full-home window replacements, and basement finishing and renovations.

Wow-Factors: Eye-catching Chandeliers, Focal-Point Walls and Fancy Bar Carts

Looking for smaller upgrades to improve the look of your home in a unique and more fun way? These can be the perfect updates to get you in the holiday spirit! Consider installing an eye-catching chandelier in your dining room, a focal-point wall with a modern print or bright color in your living room, or installing new bookshelves or an attractive bar cart. You’ll get plenty of use out of these during the holiday season and they’ll be beautiful additions to your home for years to come.
 

Need help with your single window or full-home window replacement or an entry door replacement for the holidays this year? Set up a free consultation and quote with one of our expert consultants here.

Becca Cornell

About The Author

Becca joined the Gunton and Pella Digital Marketing team nearly a year ago and she likes to think it’s been a whirlwind of a digital adventure ever since. When she’s not creating content for Gunton and Pella’s website or social media pages she’s actively trying to convince her office that everyday should be “bring your dog to work day”. She’s a  graduate of Lake Erie College with an English and Communications Bachelor’s degree and resides in Painesville Ohio, with her boyfriend and their dog, Mason.

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