You’ve dreamed about this event for so long, and it’s finally arrived—the opportunity to celebrate the holidays in your new home! According to a survey conducted by Nielsen, nearly 95 million Americans display a Christmas tree in their homes. As such, accidents are bound to happen.
Follow these five tips to ensure a safe holiday season in your dream home.
1. Lighten Up. If you are decorating with lights you’ve used before, inspect them for frayed wires, gaps in the insulation and cracked sockets. If the strands show excessive kinking or wear, it’s time to buy new lights. Never overload electrical outlets or link more than three light strands. Multiple strings of lights should be connected to an extension cord and plugged into the electrical outlet instead of plugging the end of the strand directly into the outlet. LED lights are the best option because they are energy efficient, cooler, last longer and as a bonus—as many as 25 strands can be connected without overloading a socket.
Keep your dream home looking warm and inviting all winter long by tackling these four curb-enhancing projects that will pay-off for years to come.
1. Shed some light. Fallen leaves will soon be replaced with falling snow (shudder)! Exterior lighting is often put on the back burner after building a new home, however it is particularly important during winter months. Strategically placing exterior lighting helps to ensure that family members and guests will enter your home safely, without any slips and falls. Consider installing a few lanterns along your drive- and walk-ways. Not only will your home appear more beautiful when illuminated at night, but it will be much safer for guests. Replacing a bright porch light with a soft-hued light bulb will make your front porch appear more inviting. Solar lights have become very popular because they are easy to install and easy on the environment. Remember that less is more. Don’t over-do exterior lighting so that pathways appear more like an airport runway.
Last week, we covered how to choose the best paint color. This week, we reveal five professional painting tips.
1. Start with clean surfaces. Once you’ve removed the room’s accessories and smaller pieces of furniture, and covered large furniture, it’s time to prep the surfaces. Paint cannot bond to dirty or greasy areas such as the wall above your kitchen stove or where your kids toss dirty shoes in the mudroom. Using a de-greaser to remove grime will help the paint adhere. Sand the walls to level out Spackle patches and smooth nail-hole ridges. Using light pressure, sand from the baseboard all the way up to the ceiling with fine grit paper.
If you’re like many who have built their dream homes, you may love your new house, but one or more of the paint colors you chose has turned into a nightmare. Simplify the paint selection and application process by following these tricks of the trade.
1. Mind your mood. When selecting paint color options, consider the mood you want to create. If your goal is to create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, select soft, cool colors and neutrals. On the other hand, a dramatic and bold atmosphere is best accomplished by choosing intense colors.
Regular exterior maintenance helps protect your greatest investment—your dream home, because it minimizes damage to your home and yard. Now that the leaves have begun falling in Southeast Michigan, it’s time to clean your gutters and downspouts.
Forgoing this task can cause detachment of the gutters away from your house and also damage the roof and fascia. Clogged gutters—especially during rainy days, can cause leaks because an obstructed water path forces the water to leak into the roof or overflow all the way down to your home’s foundation. This moisture causes mold growth and rot which ultimately affects the structural integrity of your home and can even negatively impact your family’s health.
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