There’s nothing like the impending arrival of your mother-in-law to motivate you to get your house in order. Here are some of the big and small jobs to tackle.
Your house has fallen into disarray over winter and your family have just informed you that they’re coming to stay for the holidays! Before panic takes over, check out these home improvements that you can pull off with an RCS Personal Loan.
REPLACE AN APPLIANCE
The kitchen sees a lot of action during the festive season so you’ll want to fix or replace appliances that aren’t pulling their weight. If you bought your fridge in the early ’90s or before, maybe now’s the time to bring in a more energy-efficient model like the Defy 245L Eco Combi Fridge (R3 999, Makro).
FIX YOUR FLOORING
Unless you want to foot the bill for granny’s knee op you should probably take a look at any loose carpeting or doorway transitions… or better yet, get down to your nearest hardware store for some shiny new, easy-to-install laminate flooring.
MAKEOVER YOUR BATHROOM
There’s nothing worse than using a dingy bathroom so if you only pick one room to redo, let this be it. Replace old tiles and dirty grouting and use a white or light grey paint to brighten the room. Stick to white for the big-ticket items like basins and toilets and add colour with towels, plants and a stylish mirror. And, remember to swap your regular showerhead for an Ellies water-saving one that uses half the amount of water (available at Builders Warehouse).
UPDATE YOUR WINDOWS
If you have outdated curtains hanging at every window then swap them for some wooden shutters or Venetian blinds. Blinds in crisp white will instantly modernise your home and let you control how much light streams in. You can still hang curtains – minus the voile netting – over a large sliding door to soften the room.
FRESHEN UP WITH PAINT
Whether it’s a room that needs a facelift or a door that is cracked and peeling, a fresh coat of paint will make the world of difference. Greens and greys are the most popular colours of the season.
ADD ON A SCULLERY
We love open-plan kitchens, but they do mean that any dirty dishes are in full view of visitors. Plus, kitchens nowadays never have enough space for a washing machine and a tumble drier. With a simple add-on, you can create a cute laundry area, have a separate sink to dump your pots and pans, and possibly even add a dishwasher to tackle those holiday party dishes.
CHOOSE FAKE GRASS
With water restrictions and intense summer heat, it's tough to maintain a lush, green lawn. A pricey, but well-worth-it investment is laying artifical grass that looks amazing and means you can ditch your date with the lawnmower.
CREATE A DREAMY OUTDOOR SPACE
It’s summertime and the weather is fine so create an outdoor area that is perfect for casual lunches and evening chats. Choose comfy outdoor furniture like the Terrace Leisure Nambiti lounge set (R6 999, Makro) or dress up your basic plastic furniture with a durable, waterproof rug from Airloom (from R450). Don’t forget to add lots of candles and fairy lights too. The pièce de résistance would be installing an adjustable louvre awning that will let you enjoy your new outdoor area regardless of the weather.
KIT OUT YOUR BRAAI
While folks in the northern hemisphere are cleaning out their fireplaces, we’re cleaning our braais. Guys, the holidays are a great excuse to make your braai area extra snazzy. If you’re starting from scratch, the sexy Terrace Leisure Saturn gas braai in red is sure to impress (R3 499, Makro). Or, upgrade your existing braai with a rustic outdoor kitchen complete with shelves for firewood, an outdoor sink, a herb garden and wooden crates for all your braai essentials.
SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME WITH AN RCS PERSONAL LOAN
Impress your family by tackling odd jobs and adding a little style to your home this holiday. An RCS Personal Loan makes it possible. The application process is simple, you’ll have the cash you need within 24 hours and there are flexible repayment options. Sorted!
* Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.