Fo­cus Last minute jobs you can do be­fore the hol­i­days be­gin

There’s still time to get the house ready be­fore your Christ­mas guests ar­rive, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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There’s so much to do at this time of year, it can be daunt­ing and if you’re ex­pect­ing guests for Christ­mas Day you might be feel­ing a bit over­whelmed.

Home improvements on­line plat­form Hipages re­ports that in­ter­est in cer­tain ser­vices peak in the weeks be­fore Christ­mas. While ma­jor work might be out of the ques­tion, inquiries to deal with ev­ery­thing from get­ting the pool into per­fect work­ing or­der to re­paint­ing the din­ing room or out­door area are at a high.

In­deed, there’s still time to get most of those smaller jobs done, even if it feels like some of them are al­ready be­yond you.

Di­rec­tor of land­scape de­sign and main­te­nance ser­vice Lan­dart, Matt Leacy, says get­ting the lawn and pool into shape is all in the tim­ing.

“At Christ­mas, the pool be­comes the main play area for the kids and there are heaps of fam­ily around,” he says.

“You want to check that the pH lev­els in the wa­ter are bal­anced — ev­ery­thing re­lies on the pH be­ing neu­tral.”

Al­though nor­mally he says you would put your fil­ter on a timer to run a cou­ple of times a day, when you’re hav­ing a lot of peo­ple over, put it on when you ex­pect most peo­ple to be in the wa­ter.

“Ideally, the fil­ter should run twice a day but it’s good to run it when it’s ac­tu­ally be­ing used and it’s deal­ing with sun­screens and ev­ery­thing else that’s in the wa­ter.”

If you haven’t oiled your deck by now, Matt says it’s prob­a­bly bet­ter to wait un­til af­ter Christ­mas so that it stays look­ing good for longer. But there’s still plenty more to do.

Hipages has made a list of the top jobs in the lead-up to Christ­mas. Whether they’re naughty or nice, it’s time to get crack­ing.

Hipages re­ports that re­paint­ing is a pop­u­lar re­quest in the last cou­ple of weeks be­fore the end of the year. If you want to re­fresh an out­door area, start by giv­ing it a good clean with a high­pres­sure hose be­fore ap­ply­ing your favourite wall colour. Pat­terned and tex­tured soft fur­nish­ings will com­plete the look and cre­ate an invit­ing space.Haymes Paint in Gem­mola

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