There are some parts of the country like Southern California in Florida where winter constitutes putting on a sweater for one day. That certainly is the case here in the Hudson Valley. We feel winter in all its glory! Not only do we have to break out the winter clothing at this time of the year but we also have to do some prep work around the house before turns too cold. Here are some the things you need to do to get your home ready for winter:
Freezing pipes or a big issue in this area. Conventional wisdom holds that if you allow water to drip then the pipes don’t freeze. That isn’t necessarily so. If you are that concerned about your pipes freezing, then you’re better off getting them insulated. The pipes that have to be insulated are the ones that are exposed down the basement. It’s easy to wrap them with insulating materials. This is definitely a DIY job you can take care of one Saturday morning.
Get Your Chimney Clean
If your house is lucky enough to have a working fireplace, then you need to make sure that fireplace is clean before you start in the winter. This is a job that is probably best left to professionals. Along with getting your chimney clean, you should also get your firewood ordered. You definitely don’t want to call around on Christmas Eve looking for wood!
Clear Your Rain Gutters
You might have already cleared your rain gutters at the beginning of fall. But that doesn’t mean they stayed clear. Any blockage that is there during the winter could create a frozen water dam. That leads to icicles, which look nice but could be a major hazard.
Get Rid Of Rubbish
Winter is a time where you stay indoors and get cozy and warm. You certainly don’t want to be surrounded by rubbish. One session with Junk King Hudson Valley can help you clear out all your unwanted furniture and other household goods. It’s also a perfect opportunity to make room in your closets. Remember, everything you turn over to Junk King has the opportunity to be dropped off at a charity. You can truly transform your home by clearing out all the winter rubbish today with help from Junk King Hudson Valley.
Now that Thanksgiving is just a pleasant memory, it is time to get serious about the holidays. The clock is ticking and we’re only just weeks away from it all coming together. Will you be ready? It will help to take a moment and plot out your holiday strategy. Here’s how to ready for the holidays:
Make a List
Just like Santa, you need to make a list and check it twice. This list should be all the people you plan on getting gifts from immediate family to the garbage collectors (if they’re on your list!). As you make the list, you might already have the gifts in mind (hint: gift cards). It is important for the next tip:
Make a Budget
A major cause for stress during the holidays is spending too much money. Usually, that stress doesn’t show up until after January when the bills start rolling in. Setting a budget might mean getting creative with your gifts. A tin of home baked cookies is a great gift for coworkers and not expensive.
Your shopping has probably kicked into gear. The goal is to get everything done long before that last week prior to Christmas. If you’re sending out packages, then they have to be in the mail by December 19th in order to make it to their destination by the 25th. As you’ve no doubt discovered, online shopping is a great convenience. You could literally spend two hours shopping on line and get all you need vs. six hours at the mall. A lot less stress, too!
If everyone is counting on you for your cookies, then you’ll want to bake ahead as much as possible. This is actually something you can do in conjunction with your online shopping. As those cookies are baking, you can be shopping. Two tasks complete.
Plan Fun Events
It shouldn’t just be prep/work for the holidays. You’ve got to have fun with the family. Schedule a movie night for those holiday favorites. Plan on an outing to look at lights or take in some other great Hudson Valley holiday event. These are the moments that holiday are really for.
Clear Out the Clutter
A lot of new things will be coming into your home over the next couple of week. Not only presents under the tree but also guests for visiting. This is why you want to clear out the clutter ASAP. Junk King Hudson Valley can be a big help with that. It will only take a single junk removal session to have old sofas, futons, appliances or electronics clear out of your home. That is going to make a huge difference. The best way to get your home ready for the holidays is hiring Junk King Hudson Valley to haul away the junk.