Top Home Repairs to Look for During the Busiest Time of the Year

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The year is winding down, but the holidays are ramping up. While you might have some time off of work around this time of year, the holidays are anything but idle. On the contrary, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is the busiest time of year for most folks, especially those who host holiday gatherings and/or attend a slew of festivities. With so much on your plate (literally and figuratively), you might feel as if there’s no time to tackle home renovations or repairs. As you examine your home, though, the necessity for certain repairs might strike you as all too apparent. And if you plan on having guests over this holiday season, you might not want to wait much longer to invest in these projects.

Whether you missed your chance to tackle a certain project during the summer/early fall or you’ve just come across a point of major concern, here are some key home repairs to look for during the busiest time of year.

Top Home Repairs for the Holidays

Paint Touch-Ups

There’s a lot of ground to cover when preparing your home for holiday guests. Ultimately, you want to impress all visitors with a pristine home. You’ll want to clean every nook and cranny of your home’s interior, of course; however, no amount of cleaning can undo a damaged paint job. As you’re tidying up and scrubbing down surfaces, then, pay close attention to the paint clinging to your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. If you notice discoloration, cracking, peeling, chipping, etc. it’s worth investing in some touch-ups. Unless your painting problems are widespread and consistent, you shouldn’t need to dive into a complete residential interior painting project. That said, you might face significant touch-ups in multiple rooms. Ideally, you will have stored some leftover paint from previous projects to easily access the colors and finishes you require. If not, you’ll need to spend some time color matching and purchase fresh paint for the job.

Drywall Damages

Damaged, deteriorated paint might not be the only problem plaguing your walls -- the drywall itself might be damaged for any number of reasons (repairing drywall after wallpaper removal is often necessary, for instance). If it weren’t the busiest time of year, you might not even notice anything wrong with your drywall. As you’re cleaning up your interior, though, you might come across cracks, holes, or water damage. Unfortunately, a fresh coat of paint isn’t enough on its own to solve a drywall dilemma. Depending on the nature of the drywall damage, you might need to purchase a patching kit or otherwise hire professionals to address the underlying issue (i.e., moisture intrusion). This might not be something you want to deal with during the holiday season, but you’ll be glad you handled it in time for your guests -- plus, fixing your drywall now means you probably won’t have to deal with it next year.

Floor Fixes

The next feature to consider is your flooring. Worn-down flooring is more than just an eyesore (though it can certainly be a drag on your home’s appearance) -- it can also become a safety hazard. Even if you’re only planning on hosting small gatherings this holiday season, you want each and every occupant of your home to be as safe as possible. If portions of your floors are in poor condition, you’ll want to prioritize flooring repair as quickly as possible. Fixing your floors also presents a prime opportunity to modernize your interiors. You might invest in fresh hardwood or luxury vinyl tile (LVT), purchase new area rugs with a specific color scheme in mind, etc. The sooner you start preparing for a flooring project, the better, as some projects can take several weeks to complete.

Window and Door Updates

Despite the warmth of family and friends during this time, the holiday season marks the start of colder conditions, even in relatively warmer areas like Nashville, TN. While the truly cold weather might not kick in until later in December/early January, it’s important to ensure that your home is thoroughly insulated. Your home’s overall insulation rating is determined by many factors, but the condition of your doors and windows ranks among the most significant of them. Simply put, if your windows or doors are outdated or damaged (even in small ways), your home will have a harder time regulating a comfortable internal temperature. This lack of climate control not only makes your home less welcoming for holiday guests and yourself -- it also reduces your home’s energy efficiency, causing your energy bills to spike during extreme conditions (especially during the dead of winter).

So, now’s a great time to inspect every window and outward-facing door in your home. And while you’re examining your doors, you might consider refinishing your front entry door, too. A refinished door can greatly elevate your home’s curb appeal, making it an even better haven for holiday gatherings. If things are already getting chilly, hire contractors who know how to refinish a door in place so you’re not left with a gaping hole in the front of your home during the late fall/early winter.

Roof Repairs and Maintenance

The holiday season is also a good time to check up on your roof and gutters in preparation for winter. Much like your windows and doors, your home’s roofing contributes greatly to your home’s insulation and energy efficiency. As mentioned earlier, average temperatures in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas remain relatively moderate in November and early December, so roofing experts should still be able to check up on your house exterior around this time. You’ll want to rid your roof and gutters of any fallen leaves and debris to minimize moisture intrusion and prevent severe problems caused by snow and ice in the near future. If nothing else, a clean, cleared roof will make your home that much more appealing for the holidays.

Sealing Breaches and Gaps

Lastly, it’s worth inspecting every part of your home (inside and out) for any cracks, gaps, and other breaches you might come across. Even small abrasions can allow moisture, pests, fungi, and other contaminants to gain entry and cause further issues. High-quality caulk should do the trick when it comes to sealing these gaps. And after you’ve filled any and all breaches, consider performing the necessary surface preparation for waterproofing key areas of your home, including your basement, bathrooms, kitchen, attic, and more.

Too Busy for Home Repairs?

At Nash Painting, we’re well aware of just how hectic life can get during the holidays. Even those with a strong DIY attitude might not have the time or motivation to tackle projects around this time -- that’s precisely why we’re here. Our painting and repair experts work year-round to help homeowners and business owners across Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, TN maintain and improve their properties. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!