Prepping Your Home for the Holidays

Prepping Your Home for the Holidays

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year again! And after last Christmas, we’re all looking forward to a slightly more normal holiday experience with the family this year.

Even though some say it’s too early to begin putting up holiday decorations, it’s not too early to start prepping your home in other ways.

Before you welcome people into your home to gather around the tree, light the menorah, stuff themselves with turkey, or have a fun white elephant exchange, you want to make sure everything is in perfect shape for the season.

Let’s take a look at some projects you can tackle now before the holidays get into full swing.

The Kitchen

There’s nothing quite like walking into a house that smells like fresh-baked cookies. One of the best parts of the holidays is gathering in the kitchen to make delicious meals and sweet treats.

However, prepping holiday meals for a large gathering can be stressful in a cramped kitchen space. Renovating to create more space or adding an island for more counter area can make it easier to have multiple cooks in the kitchen. 

If the size of your kitchen isn’t an issue, you may consider upgrading to new appliances. Maybe you want a double-door oven to make cooking multiple items easier, or you’ve been eyeing a fridge that would increase your storage space.

The Guest Bedroom

Suddenly, that room you’ve been using as a storage closet needs to function as a guest bedroom. Getting ready for the holidays means bringing those extra spaces back to life to make your guests comfortable.

You can give your guest room a facelift with a fresh coat of paint or new furniture. Even some new linens and décor can go a long way to make guests feel welcomed and cozy.

Or perhaps you don’t have a guest bedroom yet, but you have a spacious extra bathroom or attic space you aren’t using. The holidays are a perfect excuse to transform a room to accommodate guests.

The Floors

Most of us spend our holidays running around the house in socks or slippers, so it may be time to update your flooring.

Whether you want to replace your tile or carpet completely or simply give your wood floors a fresh coat of lacquer, floor renovations can help any room feel warmer and bring your design together.

If anything, be sure to put a protective coat on your floor (especially if you renovate). Since you’ll have higher foot traffic in your house, you’ll want to limit any scuffs or scratches on your floors.

The Exterior

In most places, it’s best to focus on indoor renovations during winter. But in Texas, it’s warm enough that anything goes. You can make outdoor upgrades to increase your curb appeal during the holidays.

For example, you may want to swap out those summer blooms for evergreen shrubs or poinsettias. Or maybe it’s time to replace your old fence or give your home a new coat of paint.

If you want to host a holiday event in the backyard, you can build an outdoor kitchen, pergola, or patio complete with space heaters to keep your guests cozy.

The Fireplace

Fireplaces evoke warmth, and being able to hang your stockings from an actual fireplace is a special experience. Fireplaces add depth and dimension to your living room while acting as a visual focal point and place of gathering.

One of the best holiday upgrades you can make is to add or update your fireplace. Home Remedy Houston can help add a new mantel, refinish with a modern tile, stone, or brick, or start from scratch depending on your need. 

Why Upgrade in the Winter?

Now that summer’s passed and the kids are back in school, you have more wiggle room for DIY projects or leaving a contractor to make magic happen.  Additionally, since more people have professional remodeling work done in the summertime, it’s easier to book a quality contractor in the wintertime. And often, contractors don’t charge as much for renovations in the winter as they do in the summer, so check the rates and ask for a free estimate before starting your project.

No matter what kind of project you’re planning, be sure to time it appropriately from when you want to have guests gather for the holidays. Some upgrades, like a fresh coat of paint, will take no more than a weekend; others, like re-flooring, will take a few weeks.

Home Remedy Houston for All Your Holly Jolly Remodeling

If you’re in the Houston area, we can help you get your home ready for the holidays. We have a lot of experience in indoor and outdoor renovations, and we can handle everything from fireplaces to kitchen islands.

To get a free estimate on how much it will be to bring your idea to life, give us a call at (713) 939-7717 or fill out our online form.