Easy projects to make your home happier for the holidays

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are already almost here. That means it’s time to get the lights and other decorations up outside—but don’t forget about inside! Whether you’re hosting guests for dinners, parties, and other gatherings, or you simply want to make the holiday season easier on yourself, Patriot can help with a number of small projects that can make a big difference during the season and beyond. Read on for some great ideas!

Eliminate the wait for hot water
Skip the microwave or the stovetop kettle—when you want cocoa with the kids, or a spot of tea, an “Insta-Hot” makes it fast and easy. These small water heaters can fit under your sink or somewhere else in the kitchen, giving you hot water without the wait. They’re super convenient, easy for our pros to install, and great for coffee, soup mixes, and other cooking uses, too!

While we’re talking about water…
When was the last time you updated your kitchen faucet? You’d be surprised at the difference a new one can make—especially when it comes to the functionality. Touch-free options allow you to turn water on and off with the wave of a hand or even with your voice, pull-out sprayers give you more reach (without taking up any extra space like a classic side sprayer), and some faucets have built-in water filtration and other features. Just as important, the faucet is a simple way to give your kitchen a bit of a fresh new look!

When it’s time to go
We don’t mean “leave” here—we really mean go, as in the bathroom. And if you’ve got an old guest bathroom, it might be time for a new toilet. Similar to faucets, today’s toilets offer a lot of choices and features, from dual-flush technology for partial vs. full flushes, touchless flushing, higher seats (which can make it easier for aging loved ones to sit), bidet attachments, and more. Our plumbing pros are happy to talk about your options and help you choose what’s best for you and your guests.

Power up
All those guests are going to want to charge their devices, and you probably have a tree or other indoor decorations to light, so don’t forget about your outlets! It might be a good idea to have a few new ones installed in convenient spots—you can have USB ports included if you like. It’s a good idea to think about outside outlets, too: Having them under the eaves can make it a breeze to plug in holiday lights and gutter cables (which we recommend to help prevent ice dams during winter).

Patriot is ready to help!
Whatever you need to make your house a little more welcoming for your guests—and life a little more convenient for you—Patriot professionals can help get it done. Just call us at 509-662-6262. Here’s to a happy and healthy season, wherever and however you celebrate!

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