Holiday Preparations

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The holidays are around the corner. Family and friends will be arriving.  It is time to take care of those small improvements to make your home holiday friendly.  Time to repair the silent doorbell and jammed doors.  Caulking is a good start.  Caulking restores a cleanliness and fresh look to tired looking windows and tile.

This is a good time of year to clear the pathway to your home – fix cracks in the driveway or walkways.  It might be a good time to coat the slab with concrete resurfacer. Some homeowners have added a concrete tint to modernize their pathways, driveways, and garage floors.

Staircase handrails rely on the newel post—the large post that anchors the balustrade at the bottom of the staircase—for support. If the post is loose, the railing becomes wobbly and offers little support for guests climbing the stairs to turn in for the night.

Doors shift with time and age, and some become so out of alignment they stick when opened and closed. Wood-frame houses tend to settle and shift over time, which can knock door frames out of square. As a result, it might become tough to lock a door because the bolt no longer lines up with the strike plate. Spend a little time realigning strike plates and dead bolts. It will give your guests and family a sense of security.

That annoying, nonstop trickling sound that wastes gallons of water each day shouldn’t keep your visitors awake at night. Make sure your guest bath is in top shape by adjusting the right parts inside the tank to stop the flow. Spare your visitors the persistent drip, drip, drip of a bathroom faucet.  There are easy fixes for this problem.

A floor covered with ceramic tile is about as durable and low-maintenance a surface as you can get—until you drop the wrench when tightening that elbow joint under the bathroom sink. But even then, replacing a broken or chipped tile is pretty simple to do. Check out how to replace a broken tile with your local hardware store.

Got a stubborn, sticky sliding closet door? Replacing a door gliding again can be accomplished in as little as an hour.

An errant baseball, a hurled stone, or a falling branch is all it takes to end the life of a windowpane. For most modern, double-glazed windows, that means a trip to the local glass shop for repairs. But if your home still has old-fashioned, single-glazed wood sashes, you can easily replace the pane yourself.

The holidays are rapidly approaching.  There’s no time like the present to spruce up your home and get ready for family and friends.

Source: “Inspiration from Fantasy Closets.” Houzz.Web. 18 Nov. 2012.

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