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Home Holiday Prep: Little Fixes

Posted on November 25, 2015 in Seasonal Home Tips

old faucet

The holidays are coming up, and if you’re entertaining your friends and family, you’ll want your home to be in its best shape possible. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we can help you do that. We’ll be posting a “Home Holiday Prep” blog each week for six weeks, and each one will focus on how to make an area of your home look great for your upcoming party or gathering.

If you’re expecting company and you’re down to the wire, you may not have time to make any big fixes to your home. However, you can always take a few minutes and make some little fixes. There are plenty of things you can easily do yourself to update several elements or areas of your home:

Old Faucets

If your faucets are old and outdated, they can bring down the appeal of your entire kitchen or bathroom. Luckily, a simple faucet update is all you need to breathe some fresh air into the room, and it’s something you can do yourself. Simply turn off your water and disconnect the water supply lines. Then, disconnect the faucet’s lift rod and remove the nuts. Remove the p-trap and after that, disconnect the drain from the sink and follow the instructions for installing the new faucet.

Peeling Wallpaper

If there’s an area of peeling wallpaper in your home that you just keep putting off, don’t put it off any longer. Fixing peeling wallpaper is quick and easy – all you need is a small brush and some wallpaper paste. Peel back the wallpaper and brush adhesive on with your small brush. Then, place the wallpaper back on the wall and smooth it over with a damp sponge.

Stained Bathtub

If you’re planning on hosting guests for several days, you don’t want them bathing or showering in a stained bathtub. To remove tub stains, combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda. Add lemon juice until it forms a thick paste, then rub it into the stained area with a soft cloth. Wait 30-40 minutes, then rinse clean. Your tub should look clean and refreshed.

Cabinet Updates

A full cabinet refinish may not be in your budget, but there are ways you can update them to bring them back to life. Most times, a good oil-based wood cleaner and new hardware can do the trick, but if they need more help than that, try painting them. It may take a little time, but paint is a fun and affordable way to give your cabinets a face lift.

Dull Front Door

No one wants to see a dull front door when they come to your home, so spruce it up a little. Give it a fresh coat of paint or stain, swap out your door knob, try out a new door color, add a wreath, or install some stylish wall-mounted lights. Your entryway is what impresses your guests first, so make it one you want them to see.

Clogged Gutters

During the fall and winter, leaves, debris, ice, and more can get caught in your Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania gutters and cause them to clog. This leads to water backup and eventually, water damage to your home. Avoid the nuisance of cleaning your gutters (and the cost of fixing water damage) with a Gutter Cap System. This system not only protects your gutters, but it guarantees consistent water flow.

Drywall Holes

Whether it’s a hole from a screw or nail or something a little bigger, fixing a drywall hole is easier than you think. If it’s small, simply clean the area and use a putty knife to press spackle into the hole. Let it dry, then sand it down with fine sandpaper until it’s smooth. For a larger hole, cut a square around the hole and remove the damaged drywall. Cut a scrap piece of drywall the same size as the square and a piece of wood to brace the scrap from behind. Place the wood behind the wall and attach the drywall to it using three screws, then place some drywall tape around the seams. Slather on some spackle with a putty knife and once it’s dry, sand it down with fine sandpaper.

Next week’s segment: Bathrooms

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