Three home improvements you might be able to complete before Christmas
Once again, it’s that time of the year when the warm seasons are seemingly winding down, summer is but a distant memory, and with the clocks going back an hour this week, it will be dark outside by the time most of us finish work. However, this changing of the seasons means our minds inevitably turn to Christmas.
While it should be a time of pure relaxation and joy, the festive period brings with it its own fair share of stress. If you’re hosting this year, you’ve probably already found yourself wondering if there will be enough room to fit everyone around the table, or if you will be able to get all that food in the oven.
The idea of squeezing in a home improvement before you need to hang your stockings above the fireplace might seem ludicrous. However, if you act quickly, you just might find that you can complete a small project in time for Father Christmas’ visit! Here are three small home improvements that you might just be able to fit in…
In most homes, the kitchen is the busiest room in the house, and its gets even busier in December. At that moment, this particular room in our home is where we congregate with friends and family (and a glass of fizz) on Christmas Eve, where we slave away preparing our festive feasts, and where we count down to midnight at our New Year’s Eve parties.
All of this means that we want the space to be in tip-top condition. If your kitchen is looking a bit sorry for itself, or you’re concerned that the uneven heat of your ancient cooker will leave the inside of the turkey raw, then you’ll be pleased to hear that if you act fast you might be able to give the space a makeover in time!
A multi-story extension might perhaps seem a little ambitious. However, a simple refurbishment involving the replacement of the cabinets, worktops, appliances and maybe even the flooring, is feasible and will make preparing your Christmas lunch and hosting much easier and far more enjoyable.
In these modern times, it’s increasingly common to have friends and family who live all over the country, even the world, which means many of us will be having guests to stay the night at some point in December.
Having guests over for the weekend puts the home’s bathroom facilities under the magnifying glass. While you and the rest of your household might know how to get the shower to that sweet spot where it’s not either scorching hot or freezing cold — it’s unlikely you’ll want to subject your guests to working it out themselves. Nor is it ideal to have to go through the embarrassment of explaining to grown adults the ‘knack’ of getting the downstairs loo to flush.
This makes now the perfect time to get these little hindrances repaired at long last. In actuality, if you acted today, there is time to completely revamp the family bathroom and add a beautiful new spa bathtub and swish, problem-free, power shower. You might even be able to install a guest bedroom ensuite, so that you can reduce waiting times for that warm Christmas morning shower.
Replace the boiler
Surely we all dream of a white Christmas, but you might find yourself feeling less enthusiastic about those arctic mornings if you wake up one day to find that the central heating isn’t working and you can’t get any hot water.
Boilers are one of those things we take for granted…..until they stop working. But, if you have an older model, there’s a chance that it could be on its last legs. This now makes a good time to get it inspected and see if it is worth upgrading, so you don’t have any nasty surprises when the weather gets really cold later.
If you’re told your boiler is in good condition, there’s no need to go through the expense of replacing it (although it could save you money and will be better for the environment). However, finding and fixing any issues with it now is better than trying to find an emergency engineer on Christmas Eve.
Getting ready for Christmas
If you’re one of those people who finds the Christmas period particularly stressful, you might be wondering why on earth you’d want to run the risk of your home being a building site on the 25th of December, which is completely understandable. However, there is still some time and a small home improvement like any of the above can make the world of difference to improving your Christmas experience!