December 2, 2016

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests!

The holiday season is already upon us and is a time when we enjoy inviting family and friends into our home. Whether your visitors stay for a few hours, or a few days, you’ll want to create an environment that is both inviting and safe. Below is a list of just a few ideas to help get your home looking its best, while ensuring the safety and comfort of your guests. Most projects take only a day or two to complete, and the results will last for many years to come.

Seal drafty windows and doors to save on heating costs.
Replace screen doors with a locking storm door to better insulate your home.
• Install programmable digital thermostats to save on heat and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
• Wrap your pipes to prevent freezing and bursting over the winter.
Service your home’s HVAC equipment to maximize efficiency and avoid any major maintenance issues.
Build or install shelving units in the basement and garage to store away unwanted clutter.
Add vertical storage and a folding table in the laundry room.
Reorganize closets by adding shelving units.
Swap out damaged or worn closet doors.
Change outdated lighting fixtures or ceiling fans.
Update old fixtures in the kitchen and bath.
Recaulk bathtubs and shower surrounds to give them a fresh and clean look.
Design and install a creative backsplash in the kitchen.
Install decorative molding or a chair rail to add character to drab spaces.
Apply a fresh coat of paint to brighten up any room.
Reposition your furniture for a new look or to optimize space.
Give your fireplace a facelift by restoring the mantle or retiling the panel and hearth areas.
Fix loose railings and banisters throughout the inside and outside of your home.
Install safety bars or rails to the shower for family members and guests needing additional assistance.
Add non-slip pads or a carpet runner to stairs.
Install tile or hardwood floors to any room.
Tighten or replace door knobs and cabinet hardware.
Childproof all cabinets which contain harmful chemicals or hazardous materials and equipment.
Install baby gates inside the home or a fence outside to keep children and pets confined to safe areas.
Add lighting that detects motion around the outside of your home, including steps and high-traffic areas.
Clean your gutters to avoid ice dams from occurring over the course of the winter.
Install gutter guards to make your biennial gutter cleaning much easier.
Want to really impress your guests? Do a complete basement, bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room remodel.

Now, take a look around your home and see where improvements need to be made. While many of us find it challenging to recall the gift we received from the host of a holiday party once attended, the beauty of a home that is decorated and well-kept is something that remains on the forefront of our minds for years after that special event. You never know, maybe your home upgrades or improvements will inspire others. Should you need assistance with any of your home improvement projects, contact us at (412)965-9361 or ck@ckremodeling.com for a free consultation and estimate. Please visit our website for more information and direct access to our online portfolio. Also, we encourage you to follow us on all of our social media sites to keep up to date with our latest activities. While it's clear we enjoy building products, we also enjoy building relationships; so we respectfully "follow back" every person or small business that chooses to follow us on our social media sites.

Happy holidays to all!

Charles Kirby, Owner of C.K. Remodeling & Design

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