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7 Ways To Prepare Your House For Unexpected Visitors This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and chances are you’ll be absolutely nowhere near ready. If that’s the case, then you’re definitely not going to be prepared for any unwanted guests over the festive season. Whether it’s your parents visiting on Christmas Eve or an unexpected present drop from a friend, you want your house at it’s best just in case.

With that in mind, here are 7 ways to prepare your house for unexpected guests this Christmas:

 

Clear Out Any Unwanted Items

 

If you’re anything like me you’ll have lots of junk that has accumulated throughout the year. Whether it’s things you don’t need anymore or something you’ve been trying to get rid of but don’t have the time, this is the perfect time to get rid of it. Spend a few hours having a big clear out of stuff you no longer need and your house will already start to feel incredibly different.

 

Have A Big ‘Winter’ Clean

 

Massive house cleans are not just for Spring! Making sure your house is looking and smelling incredible before Christmas is important and you never know when anyone could walk through your door. Whether you’re cleaning your entire kitchen from top to bottom, clearing out the spare bedroom or using a central vacuum service throughout the whole house – you’ll feel so much better for it.

 

Buy Lots Of Stunning Decorations

 

There’s nothing better than a well-decorated house at Christmas. Even if you’re not expecting guests it’s nice to go all out and decorate your house in stunning Christmas decorations just for you and the family, but when other people see them and compliment you on how incredible they look it’s definitely a great feeling. So, treat yourself to some new decorations and make your house look amazing!

 

Decorate Any Areas That Need Attention

 

If you have any areas in your house that need some TLC, then thinking about redecorating them quickly before Christmas could make a whole lot of difference to the look and feel of your house. Whether it’s painting the skirting boards, putting up a new wallpaper in the guest bedroom or simply fixing a squeaky cupboard door – getting them done before Christmas will make you feel so much better about your home.

 

Buy Extra Beddings For Emergency Sleep Overs

 

Just in case anyone ends up having a little too much to drink and has to stop the night, extra bedding and towels and incredibly handy. Stock up and if you don’t need them now, at least you’ll have them for the future.

 

Make Your Garden Look Clean And Presentable

 

Although no one will be going in your garden, they’ll still be able to see it through your back windows. Making it look clean and presentable, even if it’s not, gives off your a little more put together than you may be. If you do want to show off your garden, and impromptu firework session on New Year’s Eve could do the trick!

 

Stock Up On Candles And Wax Melts

 

There are so many beautiful scents that are centered around Christmas that you can have your house smelling incredible in no time. Keeping yourself stocked up means you can pop one on as soon as anyone pulls into your drive too!

How are you planning to prepare your house for unexpected visitors? Let me know if we missed anything in the comments!

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How Your Curb Appeal Handles The Winter

The exterior of your house puts up with a lot. Of course, that’s nothing new; it’s its job after all. But during the winter? Your house might go through a lot more than it’s ready to weather, and you might not even know about the damage being done. You’re just sitting nicely inside, all cozy under a blanket with a good hot chocolate on your lap; however, sinking comfortably into a moment like this is going to take some work. So you’re going to need to be extra vigilant for the next 3 months or so, and use some tips like these to make sure your curb appeal is never going sideways in the wind!

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Clean Your Gutters Out

If you want to keep your roof in good condition, you’re going to need to get up there every once in a while to make sure the gutters aren’t being clogged out by snow and ice, as well as leaves that get wet and freeze on top of all that. You’re going to want to sweep the gutters out at least twice a year, and before the winter season, as you don’t want any of your guttering pipes to expand and crack and then fall off of the roof during the colder periods.

If you have tall trees and strong winds throughout your neighborhood, you might want to get up there more often than just twice a year. After all, there’s a lot more chances for anything to get stuck up there and get clogged. And if it does, it will potentially start to leak through your roofing tiles, ruining the insulation in your attic as well as causing possible leaks through your bedroom ceilings. And that’s not something you want to deal with at Christmas time!

Insulate Your Attic

Your attic needs a good lining of insulation to make sure your house is warm enough this season, as well as making sure that any heat you do have filtering through your pipes stays in place and doesn’t leak out. You want at least 10 inches of insulation up near your roof, and hopefully you’ll be able to get a screen of 14 inches – this is the optimum amount of padding to make sure your house is secured from the inside out.

No matter how old your house is, you can get some insulation put into your attic. Even if you can’t have the walls ripped out to add in padding, before getting them replaced, you can add some more cosmetic features. You can add some blanket insulation, if you need to DIY the insulation project yourself, and these rolls are quite easy to get ahold of. On the other hand, you can try layering the floor of the attic with some more materials, such as rugs and blankets, and even the storage you have up there.

Wrap Up Your Plumbing

The plumbing in your house needs to be a big focal point for you this season, seeing as the water in your house can very easily freeze in the colder temperatures. You’re going to need to wrap up your pipes, to make sure they’re never freezing and expanding unnecessarily, and then bursting, and flooding your entire house. However, it’s very easy to prevent a problem like this – a bit of gauze here and you’ll be all good!

You can buy this kind of wrapping at any DIY shop or home depot department, and you won’t have to shill out too much money here either. Make sure you’re wrapping tightly, even if you’ve only got a bit of duct tape to help you out. And remember, when you’re not using the water in your house, it’ll be a good idea to turn off of your water valve to make sure there’s never any water hanging around in the pipes when it’s unneeded. You might even want to pour a bit of antifreeze down your sink, shower, and bathtub holes, if you have extremely cold temperatures in your kitchen and bathrooms.

Cover Up Your Car

Your car is still a part of your curb appeal, and you’re going to need to look after it during the winter weather, even when it’s just parked outside of your house. After all, when you’re trying to get to work or the kids to school in the early morning, you have to wait 10 or 15 minutes for the car to warm up and for you to scrape all of the frost off!

But if you don’t have a garage, it’s going to be hard to take care of your parked car. But thankfully, there’s much options available in terms of architecture for you to invest in. Some carport designs, for example, can be invested in to make sure you just get a simple and easy extension outside of your house to park your car within. It’ll be a little warmer under there, as well as a lot more shaded and covered, and that stops the ice from forming so quickly and absolutely.

Shovel Your Driveway

A quick point to finish off. You’re always going to need to have a clear driveway out in front of your house, seeing as you’ve still got to get out and about during the winter season. Not to mention, if you ever have an accident at home during the Christmas season, or you simply order a takeaway and have it delivered to your house, the people arriving are going to need access as well! So make sure you’ve got a shovel and that you’re clearing your driveway of snow, sludge, and ice, at least twice a month.

Ready to Tackle the Winter Weather?

Your curb appeal needs your help to handle the winter season, so be sure to use tips like these to keep your house in a good and safe condition. This is your chance to keep your house in much better shape for the New Year!

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Lock in the Heat This Winter

Now that the weather is becoming cold and harsh outside, we will start to feel chills in our homes in the evenings and it will soon be time for us to turn the heating on once more. We all know that heating is expensive, and when it comes to keeping the house warm and toasty all winter long it can cost us a lot of money if the home won’t lock in the heat. Here are some of the ways you can make sure that when the heating is switched on, that precious heat stays in the house.

Secure the roof

It is incredibly important to pay attention to your roofing this winter because the roof will be the first place heat tries to escape from out of the house. Heat rises, and if you have small gaps in your roof you will lose the heat before you even notice that you have it in the first place. Make sure that you spend some time filling in gaps, stopping moisture from entering the house and also insulting the home too.

Insulate everything

Insulation is the buzzword when it comes to keeping our homes warm all year long, and if you don’t already have enough insulation in your home, you will be losing over half of the heat which you pour into it right away. There are several ways to insulate the house, you can use boards in the walls, use cavity wall insulation and you can also think about insulating under the floors for some extra protection.

Light it up

What’s the best thing about winter in your home? Being able to snuggle up in the evenings with the fire burning and scented candles everywhere. If you want to keep your house feeling cosy and warm all through the winter there really isn’t a cheaper way than to light lots of candles in your living room. You can buy huge packs of tealights online for a small cost and they will last you for a few months as you light up the home each evening and bring in that fiery heat to the room.

Bring in the blankets

If you are on a pretty tight budget for your home this year and you are looking for a better way to keep you and your family toasty, you can go out to your local homeward store and buy some plush blankets for everyone. You could have one each or you can share them and they will keep you all feeling super warm and cosy in the evenings without having to spend a single penny on your heating bills.

Drink tea

A good cup of tea can solve all of life’s problems, and it can also help us stay warm during those unforgiving winter nights. If you find yourself freezing cold in the evenings consider drinking a cup of tea or a hot cocoa and you will immediately feel better. It will warm you up from the inside and it will make you feel super warm and toasty for the evenings.

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Is Your Home Ready For the Fall?

If you would like to enjoy the great indoors this year, you will need to make sure that your home is functioning as well as it can. You will want to stay safe and warm, without spending too much on your heating, electricity, and hot water. If your idea of fun is having a hot bath at night and curling up by the fireplace, you have to check whether your home is ready for the challenge. Find a few tips below.

Pipe Inspection

In the fall, cold weather might cause weak or damaged pipes  and drains to blow. It is always better to prevent disasters than dealing with them, and it usually is cheaper, too. Get in touch with your local plumbing company and get them to check your pipes. Order a CCTV survey so you know whether or not you need to upgrade your plumbing in the winter.

Insulation Upgrades

You might consider upgrading your insulation by adding a loft insulation or changing your doors and windows to modern, energy efficient ones. You can keep the home warm for less and save hundreds during the next few years.

 

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Decor

You will spend more time in your living room during the autumn months, so you will have to think about decor. Add some blankets and cushions that will keep you comfortable when you are curled up with a book on the sofa or are enjoying a great conversation with your friends over a glass of wine. Add fall colors; red, yellow, and brown to your decor. Make sure you bring nature in; chestnuts, leaves, and natural wood elements.

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance

You might also want to check if your HVAC is up to scratch before the heating season strikes. You can search for ac repair service near me and find a local company that offers service and inspections. You might need to deal with small issues that can cause huge problems if they are not dealt with in time. If you have dust in your fans, you can get them cleaned now and prevent the air con and furnace unit motor’s breakdown during the fall.

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Roof Inspections

With fall you will have a lot of rain and snow, and you need to keep your roof in the best condition possible to deal with the challenge. If you would like to carry out important inspections at the end of the summer, you should start with the roof and the guttering. Talk to a professional who can identify the risks and check your roof and gutters for leaks, before the first major rainfall. Make sure that you get the gutters cleaned of fallen leaves or moss to prevent leaks and damage.

Make sure that your home is enjoyable during the fall by carrying out important checks before the summer is over, as the longer you leave it the services become more expensive. Improve your comfort and your home’s energy efficiency, and you can enjoy a peaceful fall without the drama.

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Warm & Cozy Throw Blankets under $50

Well, here in Wisconsin it definitely feels like late Fall (if not Winter). It’s November! How in the heck did that happen? The air is crisp, the leaves are gone and every once in a while you catch a flurry or two. I’m not quite ready for knee-deep snow, but a lazy day snuggled up on the sofa – sure, why not! The best days are curled up with your favorite, warmest throw blankets. In the market for a  throw blanket? Well, I have you covered! (Yes, pun totally intended! LOL) So curl up with your laptop or tablet and check out these comfy picks!

1. Knitted Throw Blanket with Sherpa – $28.99

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2. Cable Knit Cotton Gray Throw Blanket – $29.99

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3. Zuri Oversized Faux Fur Throw – $31.44

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Source: Amazon/Madison Park

4. Acrylic Chenille Pompoms Fringe Throw Blanket – $42.99

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5. Plaid Design Throw Blanket – $39.99

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6. Decorative Fringe Lightweight Throw Blanket – $25.88

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7. Lightweight Polyester Blanket – $40.99

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8. Faux Fur Dusty Rose Pink Soft Throw Blanket – $49.29

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9. Soft Lap Plaid Throw Blanket – $25.99

 

 

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