Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving and the Holiday season fast upon us, this is the time for family gatherings, good cheer, and of course houseguests. This season avoid houseguest disasters with our top 10 tips for preparing your home for the holiday season.

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  • Coat Check – Make sure you clean out enough space in your coat closet or on the coat rack to give your guests a place to store their winter gear. This also helps to declutter the entryway – the first impression your guests will have in your home.


  • Don’t for the necessities – Create a station of toiletries, candles, or even some coffee and water to help your guests feel more at home. Take a page out of your favorite hotel’s book for more inspiration on what to provide.

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Steps to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Colder temperatures are coming and snow is in the forecast. With colder temperatures comes a myriad of issues to befall on your home and yard. As old man winter is heading toward Chicagoland, we at Reliable Home Improvement want to make sure you take some easy steps to prepare your home for winter weather.

Here are the top 10 ways to winterize your home before you hunker down for Winter:

  • Up your energy efficiency. Repair that drafty window by adding insulation or caulk to keep to cold air from coming in. This will work wonders in keeping your heating costs down.Home in Snow


  • Install storm windows and doors. Beyond sealing up drafts in your windows and doors, replace the drafty screens with storm windows and doors for an additional layer of heat protection.


  • Clean out the gutters and chimneys. This is the perfect time to make sure all those falling leaves are out of the gutters. Clogged gutters can be the root cause of flooded basements. Similarly, make sure you clean out the chimney before its prime season. Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected on an annual basis.


  • Divert water away from the house. Beyond just cleaning the gutters, make sure that any water flow out of the gutters is 3-4 feet away from the house. Use gutter extensions to help with this.


  • Inspect the furnace or boiler. Avoid the dreadful feeling of the furnace going on during a winter storm. Many heating companies have annual services to inspect your heating system every year before the first cold snap to make sure it’s clean and everything is working well.


  • Reverse Ceiling Fans. The same appliance that keeps you cool in the summer can also help to warm up your house in the winter. Reverse the flow of the blades to spin clockwise. This creates an updraft, helping to push the hot air back down.


  • Prepare Your Plumbing. Check that your outdoor faucets are drained including garden hoses. Inside, note any pipes that have been known to freeze and consider using heat tape to keep them warm. Finally, should a pipe burst, make sure you know exactly how to turn the water off at the source.


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  • Stock up on the essentials before a storm. Make sure you have plenty of salt or that the snow blower is ready to go before the first big snowstorm.



  • Put away the outdoor furniture. Clean up and either cover or store all outdoor patio furniture including the grill.


  • Check your roof. Avoid costly ice dams by having a professional evaluate the state of your roof to make sure if can withstand a winter storm. They will also check for any leaks that can lead to ice dams.


As the colder months are coming fast. Take these few steps to make sure you home is in the best shape possible to make it through the winter.

Contact Reliable Home Improvement for any remodel projects.

Getting Started on a Kitchen Remodel

Undergoing a kitchen remodel can be one of the most daunting tasks, yet it is also of one the most requested remodels for the entire home. The kitchen is typically the gathering place for the family, so remodeling this space to be more functional and beautiful is always at the top of the wish list.

What is the Cost versus the Value of a Kitchen Remodel?

One of the most frequently asked questions is what should a realistic return for the cost of the kitchen remodel. Kitchen remodels can be one of the more expensive remodeling projects to complete due to the many different factors such as materials, plumbing, gas, and electric requirements.

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Home Remodels don’t have to be scary

Don’t Let a Home Remodel Scare You Away

As the weather turns colder and scary stories are being told around a bonfire, don’t let your home remodel project be one of those scary stories. A home remodel should be an exciting time. You’ve decided to add value to your home and create a space that is uniquely your’s. At Reliable Home Improvement, our goal is your complete satisfaction. So let’s put you mind at ease from those remodeling nightmares and help you create your dream home.

We listen upfront

Many remodeling issues come from a lack of communication. Homeowners and contractors are not on the same page upfront, which only causes issues down the road. Before developing your project scope, we listen carefully to you. What are your pain points? Where are any potential issues? We’ll take careful, accurate measurements as well as photos to really understand the space we are working in.

We schedule in detail construction blueprint with hammer and hard hat

One of the scariest home remodel aspects can be the schedule creep. While unforeseen circumstances can always derail a project, we prepare a detailed flow chart and coordinate trade and other materials to help ensure an on-time start and completion date. We’ll handle all elements we can control to keep the project on-time.

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Top Bathroom Remodel Trends

Gone are the days of the utilitarian bathroom. Today, these functional rooms are becoming more spa-like – a place where you want to spend more time. Interesting tile, dramatic vanities, and even bringing in tech are all some of the top bathroom remodel trends this year.

We are bringing together these trends and more in our new bathroom vignettes at our Naperville showroom. Plan your visit to see these trends in person and start designing the bathroom of your dreams.

Interesting Tiles

Use tile to create texture and interest within the bathroom, not only on the floors, but also along the walls.

RHI Showroom Bathroom Black Tile with White Accent

  • Wood Tile: While actual hardwood floors in the bathroom can easily be ruined by water damage, a great alternative is tile floors that look just like wood. This flooring is lower maintenance, only requiring a basic cleaning
  • Tile Focal Points: Using tile, you can create an interesting focal point within the bathroom. In our showroom, we contrasted the dark shower with a white patterned tile stripe to create a visual interest.
  • Mismatch Tiles: Combine different styles of tile together to create an sense of texture. Pair a patterned black and white tile floor with white subway tile on the walls keeping in the monochromatic color palette.

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Add Value with a Sunroom Addition

Here are the top trends in Sunroom Additions

Even though Summer is starting to fade and the crisp chill of Fall is just around the corner, there is no need to give up that outdoor feeling in the colder months. Sunrooms and All-Season rooms are great home additions to extend your outdoor time throughout the entire year.

Sunrooms are increasingly becoming one of the most popular home additions and for very good reason. Not only are they a great place to relax and enjoy the feeling of being outside, but they also provide great value to the home by extending the livable space.

Here are some of the top Sunroom trends to keep in mind when styling your space:

Functional Furnishings

With the additional living space, make sure to include furniture that serves the purpose and goal of your new space.

  • Bring the outdoors in: Combine traditional outdoor furniture like wicker or rattan with indoor pieces to give the illusion of being outdoors.
  • Keep it in the color family: Complement the rest of the house by including furniture that sticks within the same color palettes. This will bring a cohesive look and feel to the entire house.
  • Have a Purpose in mind: Decide exactly what you want the purpose of the sunroom to be and design around that goal.

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