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
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