It’s time to start making holiday plans: Will Uncle Joe attend Thanksgiving dinner this year? Who’s in charge of making the turkey, and what side dish will everyone bring? And if the answer to the most important question of all – Where will we hold this year’s dinner? – is “your house,” well then, it’s time to let the games begin!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings its own level of stress, but if you’re feeling the pressure of getting your home guest-ready, here are a few tips to help you complete your renovation projects and update your home in time for the holidays.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The garbage cans or air conditioning unit on the side of your house can diminish your home’s curb appeal – and the first impression your guests have when they arrive at your home. If these undesired “lawn ornaments” are visible to your visitors, you can build a small fence to discreetly hide them. Get a few 2’ by 4’s and put them together to form a temporary fence (you only really need to create a two-sided fence). Pallets are great for this project: you can use one full pallet per side, just sand them down and cover them with a good outdoor paint. Once your fence is assembled, you can hang potted plants or holiday decorations, transforming what was once an unsightly eyesore to an attractive asset. 

Oh, the View!

Even the smallest improvements to your home’s exterior can greatly affect its appearance. Adding window shutters or updating window fixtures can make your home look like new. For an even more noticeable change, mount an outdoor planter box filled with fall flowers like mums under your window, adding a pop of color – and beauty – that brightens the view from the inside and out.  

Walk this Way

A well-maintained entryway greets your guests before you even get a chance to say hello. If you have columns or stairs try adding stone veneers to the sides, these adhesive or easy to attach stone tiles add a fancy updated look to any entryway. If you have a front porch, a new coat of paint or nice finish will leave a lasting impression. And don’t forget to put out the welcome mat for your visitors– literally and figuratively!

Some quick fixes to spruce up your house include:

  • Fall flowers in a vase – be sure to display out of reach of children
  • A festive table cloth – also makes cleaning up easier
  • Oil warmers or air fresheners with a fall scent
  • New curtains – can brighten a room
  • Don’t forget the serving platters

Making your home a beautiful sight in time for the holidays can be easy and fun. What tips or tricks do you use to spruce up your home?

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