holiday home improvementThanksgiving is only a week away, which means it's getting down to the wire for homeowners who are hosting the holiday. An influx of family and friends will soon be showing up at the doorstep, and everyone wants to make sure their homes look as best as possible both inside and out. From organizing, to meal prepping, to decorating, there are of ton of things that need to be done. If you haven't started getting your home ready yet, you still have time! Use the following ideas on ways to get your home ready for Thanksgiving if you need inspiration. 

Keep your guests warm.

The cold weather is certainly here to stay in Connecticut. When your friends and family arrive for Thanksgiving, you'll want to make sure they stay comfortable and warm inside your home. Before they get there, consider an insulated vinyl siding replacement. Insulated vinyl siding helps to reduce energy bills as it is manufactured to reduce the thermal bridging effect, or energy transfer. This added insulation slows down the flow of heat that is expressed as an R-value. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is. Your friends and family will enjoy the comfort of your home, and you'll pay less for heat. It's a win, win replacement!

Play it safe.

Who could forget the Halloween nor'easter that landed in Connecticut a couple of years ago. You can never really tell when the first real snowstorm will arrive, so you want to get prepared now. If your roof hasn't been maintained or looked at in a while, there's a good possibility that there may be a leak or two, perhaps small, but still there. The winter exacerbates even the smallest leak and it becomes more problematic and costly to fix. Do yourself a favor and have a professional come out and examine your roof. A good roofing company will be able to advise you on whether or not you need to replace your roof completely, or if smaller fixes will suffice. 

Get cozy.

The winter always seems to drag on, and many people get a little restless having to spend so much time indoors. Instead of dreading all the time you'll have to be cooped up at home, why not create a space that you and your family can enjoy throughout the winter months. Remodeling or finishing your basement is a great option that offers a great return on investment while extending your living space simultaneously. You may consider remodeling other rooms in your home to accomplish the same cozy effect. You may not have enough time to complete the project before Thanksgiving, but starting to plan now will speed up the process once you do begin. 

Spend less.

Just like insulated vinyl siding can help to keep you guests warm, sealing gaps by conducting a home energy audit or replacing drafty windows will ensure your home is comfortable for all. If you notice condensation or frost on your windows, or feel a chill coming through the glass, talk to a window replacement company about replacing your windows with a more energy efficient style. Replacing your windows and conducting a home energy audit will lower your energy bills and help save you money to spend on gifts and Black Friday after Thanksgiving.