With the Thanksgiving holiday just a few days away, it is about time to take care of all the small-scale home improvements you have been meaning to take care of all year long. Whether it be sprucing up your floors or fixing those squeaky door hinges and getting rid of unsightly stains, we have prepared a list of small, quick ct home improvement fixes that can make your ct home shine on Thanksgiving Day (and the rest of the year for that matter).
Dirty Front Windows
The first things your guests will notice when walking up to your home is likely your front windows. So, make sure they are "squeaky-clean" and clear. Ideally, you should wash them twice a year, but most people simply don't get around to it.
Also, be certain that your windows open and close properly. This is especially important during Thanksgiving so that cooking fumes don't make the whole house feel stuffy and hot. If your windows are stuck a little bit, use some silicone spray lubricant to grease and unstick them.
Sticky, Squeaky Doors
Guests plus a great deal of cooking equals a lot of foot traffic in-between rooms. The last thing you want your guests to hear is the cacophonous squeal of squeaky doors. Use a small amount of WD-40 on the hinges and move the door back and forth to work in the lubricant.
At this point, you might not have enough time to run out on errands, so you can also try to rub the hinges with petroleum jelly. Note: DO NOT use cooking oil as a quick fix; it will only get sticky later, making matters worse.
De-Clutter Your Home
This tip may seem a bit obvious, but it is often easily overlooked. Before the holiday comes, you need to clear away all the unnecessary things you don't need that have somehow found their home in your kitchen, family room or living room over the past few years.
Corral all the out-of-control junk into a spare room or closet, if possible. Don't be scared to simply discard items that you don't need anymore. You might find that under all that clutter is a clean, sleek, and organized home.
De-Mold and Re-Caulk Your Bathroom
This tip mostly applies to those of you who have overnight guests. You will want your bathroom to be in tip-top shape, so you can silence your mother-in-law. That mildew-blackened caulk and mold around your bathtub and shower will simply not do.
If you a few extra moments, add a thin layer of fresh caulk over the mildewed calk the day before guests arrive, letting it cure before anyone uses the shower. To kill mold around the tub and prevent regrowth, use a mild bleach solution.
Cleanup Hardwood Floors/ Touchup Wood Furniture
Hardwood flooring adds a hint of elegance and style to any room, but even the best and hardest of wood is prone to some scratching over the years. Cleaning and polishing the floors will add luster to them and the room they are in.
On the other hand, wooden furniture is subject to heat and water damage. The effects on the appearance are so gradual that you may not notice. However, everyone will sit up and notice if you polish your furniture. Believe us, the difference will be clear.
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.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving together. Let us know if we can help you with your home improvement projects before the craziness of the holidays really kick in! Click below to save!