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With Christmas just around the corner, we’re sure you’re busy around the house getting everything spruced up and ready for the busy season of family, friends and fun. But, for many of us, that extra attention to where things will go and what we can do without, can show up a few details we wished we hadn’t seen!

Home improvement is something that some people really enjoy, particularly if they can take their time over it, plan, go shopping and get on with – at their leisure. There are also those who really enjoy getting on with the job and seeing the fruits of their labour.

“Christmas is an already busy time and not everyone can fit yet another job in,” said Wimbledon estate agent, Robert Holmes. “If you’re getting ready for guests, however, it might be that you don’t have any choice in the matter and the issue you’ve discovered needs dealing with, quickly.”

A tough call

Of course, some jobs are relatively small and can be dealt with quickly and easily. It’s those bigger jobs that are tough to decide on. That’s because some big jobs can’t be delayed, due to the nature of the issue.

If you have a problem with your roof, kitchen or bathroom, then it’s likely something that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Regardless of the time of year.

Where a decision is borderline – it’s ok and works, but could really do with being fixed – can be the hardest ones to make. The cost and disruption involved need to feature in your decision-making process. If you can get the job done quickly and in time to let you get everything put back as it should be and ready for the big day, then the answer should probably be yes.

“Putting home improvement jobs off is tempting, particularly when they crop up during busy periods but that’s often the wrong decision,” said Plaza Estates. “Making improvements is always a good thing for your home and sometimes those improvements need to be made sooner rather than later, to avoid it deteriorating over the longer term.”

Fit in as much as possible

The key with home improvement requirements around Christmas is to make your decision quickly and then get to work. Don’t hang around and if possible, enlist some professional help. Not only will this ensure the job is done properly, it should help make it a speedier process.

In addition, if the home improvement works are completed quickly, you could even fit in a second or third job that’s been on the list for some time. Packing in as much home improvement action as possible in a short time, can sometimes really pay off. Provided it’s done well and you’re pleased with the finish.

Doing this also means you can really put your feet up and enjoy Christmas, safe in the knowledge you deserve a rest and some fun after all your hard work!

“Christmas is about enjoying time with your family and friends and if working extra hard in the lead up to Christmas means you can enjoy that time even more, then those home improvements could be something you really should consider doing sooner, instead of putting it off, again,” said Marylebone estate agent Kubie Gold.”