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Home Improvement for the Holidays

COLUMBUS - Home improvement is a year-round task but it takes on an added urgency when guests plan to visit around the holidays.

Home Improvement Expert Chip Wade says to begin by making sure your appliances are repaired and cleaned ahead of time. 

 "A self-cleaning oven, it locks, gets super hot and bakes out all debris.  That can trigger a number of different things.  You can clean your oven but since it gets so hot it can put extra strain on the oven and maybe cause some safety features to put it in the repair mode, and you don't want to do that before your friends and family come over.  Give yourself a week or two and do your cleaning cycle early so anything you need to address with your oven, you'll have time to respond."

To update the look of your kitchen or bathrooms, consider giving the rooms a face-lift, 
such as a fresh coat of paint or changing the hardware on cabinets.

 "Resurfacing cabinets and doors, a tip is cost effective without replacing cabinet boxes.  All doors can be replaced and change the look.  Countertops and back splashes can be replaced quickly and it's not too late to do it before the holidays arrive."

Another tip?  Know your limits.  If something falls outside of your own "Do-it-Yourself" category, call in a professional.

Also, have a back-up plan.  Consider purchasing a home warranty for major appliances.

Finally, stay on top of home repairs and maintenance.

 "Make sure you're looking at the HVAC, kitchen appliances, look in the bathroom and make sure the toilets, the sinks and the faucets are working well.  All of those with extra people in your home this Fall will take on more of the burden and make sure they don't breakdown."

Chip says by staying ahead of potential problems, your home should be ready for the holidays. 


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