The holidays provide a variety of festivities, but household preparation can often be frustrating and costly. However, it isn’t necessary to go to great lengths to achieve the perfect decor, and the household budget doesn’t have to suffer in the process. Here are some affordable solutions for a memorable season.
Intensive house cleaning can seem intimidating, but breaking this down into smaller tasks makes it possible to complete the essentials. Make a list and do a little bit every day as the holidays approach. If there are tasks that will be especially time consuming, professional cleaning may be a viable solution. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly pay for housekeepers is $9.41, which might be a worthwhile investment for achieving a clean home on a tight schedule. Better yet, consider this an opportunity to help a college or high school student with a strong work ethic. Negotiate a reasonable rate for a few hours, or days, of cleaning assistance.
Decor and Ambiance
Holiday decor can be expensive, but there are many ways to get festive without overspending. A decoration swap with friends may allow people to find new home accents without paying a dime. Also, look for affordable decorative materials through online auction sites and local listing services. If you only have a minimal amount to spend, it is better to take a minimalistic approach than grab whatever is on sale. A hodgepodge of colors and styles can look tacky, but a unified theme seems elegant. Try ribbons, lace and strings of popcorn and cranberries for a rustic look, or select inexpensive thrift store decor in the same color scheme.
Reliable home comfort is a must. Whether the holidays are warm or chilly, HVAC equipment needs to be in top operating condition to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. An unexpected system repair could break the bank and put a damper on cheerful celebrations. However, a pre-holiday system maintenance visit from an HVAC professional can prevent potential problems. A skilled technician will inspect all important parts of the equipment and clean areas that are prone to dirt buildup. If there are any parts showing significant signs of damage or wear, a technician can recommend replacement to ensure the system remains in prime operating condition.
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