How to Avoid the Hole-in-the-Wall Syndrome This Fall
Perhaps you haven’t heard of the hole-in-the-wall syndrome (?). Quite likely, as we coined this phrase for projects we see as typical in late fall. You’ll understand the meaning in a minute.
It all starts with people in the north country realizing that there isn’t much time to get their homes in order before the snow falls and temperatures dip. We rush to do the final outdoor cleanup and put away equipment and patio furniture. Then, we prep the winter snow removal equipment and bring out the toys that make winter fun.
We see the panic set in when our clients start thinking about the indoor projects that have been neglected. Who has the time? And, who has the inclination to get on a ladder to manage repairs or paint? We know that some people love this type of work and relish the opportunity when the summer fun comes to an end, and we applaud you.
We also know that winter takes on a much sweeter tone when you have surroundings that warm the soul. If you’re dreading that cooped-up feeling and prefer a warm, cozy vision of reading a book or sitting by the fireplace, look around and imagine your view with warmer paint colors that will bring joy into your life.
Ready to make space for inviting family over to watch football or enjoy a good meal? Changing the configuration of your kitchen, possibly removing a wall or a few cupboards, can open up the area. Kitchen updates often take priority since we spend more time there when the weather turns colder. We can almost smell the deliciousness!
You can freshen up your colors or take on that ceiling project. Now’s the time to fix the stains or remove the “popcorn” ceiling texture in favor of a smooth or textured ceiling. Perhaps you’d like to choose a complementary color for the ceilings. It makes a pleasing impact! For your home office or study spaces, a fresh coat of paint can make your world brighter.
So, where did we get the hole-in-the-wall term? One of our favorite stories—and an example of what happens when we’re all so busy—is that of our client who was getting ready to move. It was all happening very fast, and she wanted the home to be perfect for the new owners. Personal items were being packed and all the nooks and crannies were cleaned.
Then, an unpleasant thought hit. She had forgotten about the garage wall. The garage was not very deep, and, as she drove in, she purposely hit the wall with the car—every day—to make sure she had the two inches of space behind the car. Now, there were some generous cracks and a conspicuous hole as you drove into the garage. How to fix it when the clock is ticking, and you need to move?!
Yes, we received the call for help. Our client knew she didn’t have the time, tools or skills to fix this faux pas. While she was out of town preparing her new home, she loved the photos we sent her: removing the damaged Sheetrock, squaring it up with insulation in full view, installing the new Sheetrock, taping and mudding, second coat of drywall compound, sanding and two coats of paint. We expertly patched and painted the area in time for the new owners to be impressed by the home—and the condition of the garage walls. Incredibly satisfying!
You too can avoid the last-minute, hole-in-the-wall syndrome by setting your goals and working toward completion. Whether your project is a large makeover or a small hole-in-the-wall job, we are cheering you on and wishing you a beautifully pleasing oasis. And we’re always happy to help if you’d favor a rescue team!
We love helping people find and enjoy fresh colors, a new ceiling finish or a smooth wall. Give us a call at (651) 765-0600 if you need help and inspiration. If you enjoyed this blog, please share it with a friend who might also need a little inspiration to tackle their own to-do list. Thank you!