In the run-up to the New Year, many people like to get their house looking fantastic in preparation for all those friends and family members who may drop by. It’s a great time to do all those little jobs that you have meant to do for a while but have never quite been able to find the time for, and there is no better motivation than the idea of being ready to start the New Year with your home looking just the way you want it to.
1.Simple Painting Jobs
We all have that little bit of painting that has been neglected. Perhaps you need to touch up one wall in a room but haven’t got around to it, or maybe you started a place but haven’t quite finished it, maybe you still need to paint the skirting boards?
Well, don’t put it off any longer, a few hours of work at the most, and you could have it finished – leaving you with a fresh, clean look for the new year.
The first thing your visitors will see when they arrive – if your driveway is looking a bit grubby, then get out the pressure washer and give it a quick blast. Not only will this make it look cleaner, but it will also remove any algae and make the surface less slippery during wet or damp weather.
If your curtains are looking a little shabby, then now might be the time to invest in some new ones; make sure you pick lined ones as they will help to keep your rooms warmer in the winter months.
4.Clean your Carpets
Over time dirt can build up in your carpets, and vacuuming alone is not always enough to get them clean. Hire a carpet-cleaning machine, or get a professional in, you may be surprised at just how much of a difference it can make.
Winter is always a good time to clean out your guttering. Make sure they are free from leaves and other blockages – the last thing you want when you have visitors is problems caused by blocked gutters.
Over time your wood flooring is subjected to a lot of traffic. The new year is, therefore, an excellent time to make sure that your wood floor is in great shape. It is well worth investing in having your flooring renovated. If, however, it has become damaged, maybe because of a water leak, then you might want to think about replacing it with new wooden flooring from a company such as Just Wood.
7. Check Your Boiler
Make sure you have your boiler serviced, it’s a good idea to do this every year so that you do not find yourself without hot water or heat during the holiday season. Trying to get someone out to look at a faulty boiler in the middle of winter could be difficult and very expensive!
8.Clean the Sofas
We subject our sofas to quite a lot over a year. If you have a fabric sofa use a special shampoo to give the covers a thorough clean that will make the smell lovely and fresh. If you have a leather sofa, then pick a specialist leather cleaner to provide it with a new lease of life.
It is a good idea to take care of any damp patches on your internal walls and ceilings. If you are unsure why you have damp, then consult a specialist who can advise you on what action you need to take. Once treated, it is worth using anti-damp paint on the areas.
10.Clean the Chimney
If you are lucky enough to have a real fireplace in your house, then make sure that the chimney is swept, this will get rid of any potential blockages and also allow you to give the brickwork a quick check over.
Taking on board the above tips is sure to make your house look better in 2017 – allowing you to bask in the glow of a warm, welcoming home in 2017 and beyond.