Are you planning on spending some extra time around the house during the holidays this year? After all the family gatherings, fun community events, and delicious meals, you may find yourself with some extra hours to tackle projects around the house while you have some time off work. The holiday season presents the perfect opportunity to check a few extra items off of your home improvement to-do list, just in time to celebrate the season in style. Our brokers have the inside scoop on some of the best home projects that you can fit into your holiday schedule this year.
- Take Care of Those Pesky Kitchen Projects
There are so many little places in the kitchen where debris, stray cooking ingredients, and little messes build up over time. So before you cook those holiday meals, why not make your kitchen feel like it's brand new? Tackle all of those little projects that are easy to put off, like giving the oven, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher a deep cleaning inside and out. Clean floors and counters, then add some polish that's suitable for the surfaces in your kitchen. You can even go the extra mile by organizing ingredients, cleaning cabinets, and perhaps even matching all of those Tupperware lids with the correct containers.
- Streamline Storage Spaces
Especially if you have kids, you're likely to have a lot of new things in your home by the time the holidays are over. So why not get a head start on cleaning to make it easier to store all of those toys, gifts, and holiday decorations? For a smaller project, purchase some closet organizers and organize those storage spaces. If you're feeling adventurous, perhaps the holidays will be the perfect time to tackle organizing the garage.
- Consider Installing a Security System
Home security systems are more affordable, available, and easier to install than ever before, with a wide variety of brands available to help you protect your home. So if you've been feeling like your home could use an extra layer of security, now is a great time to invest in a security system. Many home security systems are now designed to be installed by homeowners while still offering all of the features you'd expect from a modern system.
- Install a Smart Thermostat
Looking for ways to save on your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable during the holidays? A smart thermostat is a great investment, allowing you to control the temperature of your home from your favorite devices, ensure that your HVAC system isn't consuming too much energy when nobody's home, and make sure that the temperature is always just right when you do get home.
- Give Your Furniture a Refresh
Most of us spend plenty of time cleaning floors, countertops, and other surfaces around the home, but how much time do we invest in caring for furniture? Especially if you have pets, giving your furniture a deep cleaning can bring new life to your favorite furnishings and eliminate persistent odors that have built up over time.
- Bring Life to Any Room with Indoor Plants
One of the easiest ways to create some atmosphere and transform a room is to add houseplants. You can start simple with some easy-to-care-for succulents or add some gorgeous, colorful flowers if you don't mind investing some extra time in caring for your plants. You can also accessorize with planters and potted plants or build some new shelving to show off your houseplants.
- Upgrade Your Home Internet Network
Are you getting the most value and performance possible from the internet that you pay for every month? If your router and other equipment are out of date, you may be missing out on some serious speed with your home network. So if you haven't upgraded in a while, check with your international service provider (ISP) to see if new equipment is available. If a regular router isn't doing the trick for your internet performance, consider upgrading to a multi-point mesh router to get rid of dead zones and increase your top speeds.
- Have Your Fireplace Cleaned and Serviced
Scheduling an appointment with a pro to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned is worth adding to your to-do list during the holidays. A thorough, professional cleaning is critical for fire safety and will also help you maximize your enjoyment of your warm, crackling fire during the holidays.
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