As fall marches on are you starting to make Christmas plans? Where will the family be gathering this year? Will you be entertaining? Does this scare you a little?
The Home Depot's current commercial has got me thinking with their play on words to call this season 'The Fallidays'. It really is true that in preparing your home for the winter Holiday season, fall is the time to start! If you are planning a full scale renovation or just a couple minor fixes, chances are you will want it all finished and buttoned up before winter entertaining.
Kitchens and bathrooms are common projects to take on in this season. Depending on the magnitude of the project you may be considering, renovating these spaces may take weeks to complete. With this being said these areas for renovation are a great idea for 2 reasons. First, kitchens and bathrooms are a good return on investment when it comes to increasing the value of your home as these are the 2 areas that sell houses. Second, when it comes to entertaining the kitchen tends to be the place where people always congregate during get-togethers. Take a look next time you have a party or attend one and you'll see what we mean. And an updated bathroom always wows.
Whichever "sprucing up" you decide on there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind before you start...
Timeline - as it is nearing the holidays you will want to make sure that you get a commitment from your contractor on finish date. Give yourself some leeway for any surprises that might arise.
Budget - as with any renovation, unless you've just won the lottery, keep your eye on the dollars. It's easy to get carried away upgrading this for that and then the next thing you know everyone is getting popcorn for Christmas (not that there is anything wrong with popcorn).
Vision - what do you want the finished product to look like? Not just the area that you are currently working on, but more importantly how does it tie into the rest of your home? If you want your new kitchen to have an ultra modern look and feel are you planning on renoing the rest of your house to this same style at some time?
A little planning and fore thought will have your home ready to entertain or allow you to just kick back and relax for the holidays ;)