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Home (renovations!) for the holidays
With the chilly air comes a plethora of holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more will soon be upon us. For many families, that means visitors will be knocking on their doors as relatives and friends will crowd around tables filled with food.
Before the excitement of holiday-centric family reunions commences, many hosts aim to make their homes look their very best. Surely most will engage in some seasonal decorating and home cleaning. However, some may opt to finally get that long-awaited home improvement project accomplished to impress and entertain the guests that will be on their way soon.
When a holiday has a major emphasis on feasts, as so many of them do, it’s only natural for hosts to gravitate toward the kitchen. A remodel before taking on the challenge of cooking for the masses can help ease some of the stress that hosts endure every holiday season.
There are endless possibilities for a kitchen renovation, Home Advisor pointed out. You might be considering:
• Upgrading your kitchen to include more space for moving around and prepping ingredients.
• Installing that dishwasher you’ve always wanted so after-dinner cleanup will be a breeze.
• Putting in a kitchen island, always a great spot to gather around.
If you have guests coming to stay with you for a few days, it’s important to make sure you have room for them. If you’re an empty nester, you might have spare bedrooms available, but staying in a room tailored to a teen’s former taste as an adult can be a little odd. This can easily be remedied with a simple coat of paint and some new bedspreads. Just be sure you let your adult child know that the change is happening to avoid surprises.
Not everyone has an extra bedroom available to host holiday guests, but many people have an attic they can convert. According to Remodeling, turning an attic into a bedroom has become a popular home improvement project in recent years. Not only will it help with guest accommodations, but it can also improve the resale value of your home. The return on investment for this project could be as much as 77 percent.
The best time to remodel
Summer is generally regarded as prime home improvement season. It’s true that the long, warm days are well-tailored to getting work done on a home. However, with everyone getting in the remodeling mood at the same time, the best contractors are often booked up for the majority of the summer, plus they have enough demand to increase their prices, according to Home Advisor.
By tackling your home improvement projects after the busy season, you may find it easier to get in touch with the best contractors in your area. Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll find lower rates than you would during the summer.
If you’re planning on having guests over for the holidays, it might be worth your while to take a look around your home to see what could stand an upgrade. Not only will you be improving your home for yourself, but your family and friends are sure to be impressed with the renovation.