If you have pulled the short straw this year and you’re having a barrage of family coming to stay over at your humble abode throughout the festive period, you may want to get your skates on and ensure that some of those lingering DIY jobs finally get sorted. You don’t want Aunty Jean slipping from the loose toilet seat that you’ve been meaning to fix for the past eighteen months. Like any house proud human being, you want to show off your pad to your nearest and dearest. While DIY can be the bane of many lives, there are some simple fixes and home maintenance checks you can carry out before those cousins twice removed that you haven’t seen in nearly a decade descend on your home.
Lick Of Paint
If you have family members coming for a sleepover, you need to ensure that the guest room is looking ship-shape. The easiest way to do this is to whip out the magnolia and give the walls a fresh lick of paint. This will brighten up the space and make it feel lighter and more airy. You can use a roller or two to make the paint job a little easier. To ensure a high-quality finish, use a good masking tape around the skirting boards, cornice (if you have any) and window fascias. This way they’ll be no paint splatter, and when great grandma inspects her sleeping quarters, she’ll be over the moon with her room.
The Leaky Tap
While you may have become immune to the incessant drip of the leaky tap in the bathroom, your guests might not be quite so accommodating. Ensure that you take a look at the best kits on the market. At the very least your set of tools should have a wrench or two, hammer, screws and a drill. Having a decent toolkit that you can utilize for any odd job means that you won’t have to be popping down to the DIY store every couple of hours. Fixing a leaky tap is easier than you think. All you need to do is use your trusty wrench to unscrew the top of the tap to refit the bonnet and spindle. There is a vast array of videos to help you complete the job without the need to call a professional out.
Every kitchen has a loose drawer or a dodgy looking cabinet door. It will take you all of half an hour to check your cabinetry and make sure everything is secured properly. There’s nothing more embarrassing than reaching into your cutlery drawer for your carving knife ready for the turkey to come out of the oven, only for the drawer front to topple onto the floor cracking a tile.
If the Christmas weather is looking particularly mild or you love nothing more than Christmas morning breakfast al fresco, it’s vital that your garden isn’t looking like the jungle of the Amazon. Trim back hedges, pick out all of the weeds in your lush flower beds and mow the lawn. Construct your flat pack garden furniture and make your backyard a lovely festive oasis.
Get your DIY jobs sorted to ensure that your home doesn’t cause you any bouts of stress this festive season. It’s time to eat, drink and be merry. Happy Christmas.