Do you like surprises? Sure, it’s fun to get a gift from Santa that you weren’t expecting. But most people don’t like to be surprised, even if it is for a good reason. That certainly holds true to having overnight guests. Yes, if you kid surprises you by coming home from college early, it’s not a problem. But if a friend you haven’t seen in ten years pops up in town and needs a place to stay, then that might be a challenge. You need time to get the house ready. That’s why you should know if you’re having overnight holiday visitors well in advance of their arrival. That will give you plenty of time to get everything ready. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just welcoming.
Have you ever spent the night in your guestroom? You might actually discover a lot of interesting things starting with the mattress. If it hasn’t been slept on by a lot of visitors, then it could actually be in better shape than your bed. That might not hold true of the pillows. Usually the guestroom pillows are the “cast offs” from the rest of the house. Same for sheets and blankets. Those can work unless they are really threadbare. Then it is time to replace them. At the very least, all the sheets, blankets, pillowcases and comforters should be run through the wash.
You’ll also want to make room for their clothes. Even if they’re just staying for the weekend, they probably don’t want to live out of their suitcase. You might need to clear some space in your closet or surrender a dresser drawer. Instead of looking at this as a chore, consider it an opportunity. It’s a good chance to get rid of some unwanted items. That’s where Junk King Chattanooga comes into play.
Once you’ve gathered up all the things in the guestroom that need to be hauled way, set up your session with Junk King. They’ll send over a pair of movers and a big truck to take care of that task. You’ll be amazed at how quickly they can clear out a room, garage or closet of clutter. Let Junk King Chattanooga help you get your guestroom ready for holiday visitors. It will be one less thing to worry about.
Was your unfinished basement one of the features that attracted you to your house? Obviously, you planned to get that basement finished one day. Perhaps now is the time to devote some effort to that goal. Who knows? If you start this week, then you might have it ready for the holidays. Here are some things to keep in mind when finishing an unfinished basement:
Check for water
Before you begin any planning, you want to check for water or leak. Obvious signs would be any pools of water drips that are seen on the inside. You also want to check your foundation on the outside. If you are replacing drywall or paneling, then you might discover some water issues behind that. You definitely want to track the source of those leaks and get them fixed before you put up any new drywall.
Check the Codes
Once you have sealed up any potential water leaks you’ll want to check with the local municipality for your neighborhood to see if you need any permits for what you’re doing. You probably won’t need them if you’re just putting up drywall but if you are planning any electrical or plumbing work then it might need to be inspected.
Get The Right Fasteners
Many basements are built with some sort of masonry or cement block. That means a regular nail or screw isn’t going to support your framing for drywall. You need to get the right type of fasteners for your wall type. If you’re not sure, then snap a photo and take it to your hardware store. They should know exactly what you need to make your wall secure.
Add A Vapor Barrier
Even with the leaks plugged up your basement can still be a damp place. A vapor barrier that’s place between the walls and floors prior to framing can help remove some of that dampness.
Insulation that you can put in the between the foundation and your walls cannot only help control the temperature but also dampen sound from the outside. That’s great if you going to turn your basement into your home theater. You can use foam insulation or insulation in a roll. Again, you want to check the code requirements whenever you install insulation.
Get Rid Of The Junk
Of course, before you start any remodeling project in your basement you want to get rid of all the unwanted rubbish. Basements are a popular spot in a home for random storage. You can hire Junk King Chattanooga to remove all that clutter and junk from your basement. The team from Junk King will make it many trips up and down the stairs as needed. One call to Junk King Chattanooga can help clear out your basement and get it ready for finishing.