Spruce up the home before Christmas
Christmas season in Jamaica is time when family and friends, from near and far, journey home to be with loved ones. These holiday guests, no matter how welcome, bring stress. With a little preparation, you can reduce some of that holiday strain before the doorbell rings.
Michael Scott, president and owner of Ultimate Kitchens and Bath Inc, and a consultant with the Edgehill Homes project in St Mary, has shared the following tips to get your home in guest-shape by December 24.
Painting - Scott said painting provides the most dramatic results with the least amount of investment. This is something any homeowner can take on, with a little time and effort, to make meaningful improvements to a space.
Kitchen - This vital room in your house can be updated easily and affordably by replacing the knobs/pulls on your cabinet doors and drawers. You can also add under-cabinet lighting or a glass-tile backsplash. This will allow you to showcase your holiday feast. After the season, you will have a great space to show off your kitchen.
Bathroom - Adding a new light fixture or new trim to your dated shower/faucet set can brighten up a space and create a more enhancing product.
"Also, a new hanging mirror can spruce up a dated bathroom. On the maintenance side of a bathroom, you can re-caulk the tub deck or sink. Fortunately, caulk is cheap, and applying it isn't difficult. All you need is an hour, a few common tools and materials easily found at any hardware store, Scott told The Gleaner.
Look for the little problems. "Every house has some small problems, from loose doorknobs or toilet handles that have to be held down when you're flushing. We get used to them, so we know how to make them work, and hardly even notice them," he said.
House guests don't know our way of working around these little problems, so Scott advised that, for Christmas and beyond, we do them a favour and fix those little problems before they arrive.
"It will save your guests the embarrassment of having to ask how to use something or, worse yet, thinking they broke it," he said.
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