Budget-Friendly Ways to Fix Up Your Home for the Holidays


By Cannon Christian

The holidays are around the corner and so are all those family and friends just waiting to visit and share a little holiday spirit. While playing host and celebrating the season’s cheer, you want to be proud of the spaces within your home.

If you are like most Americans, you will spend an estimated $730 on gifts, food, décor and other festive additions. You don’t want to add a massive renovation to the list of expenses. Not to mention the added stress the holidays can bring.

Not to worry, you can still make smart, budget-friendly enhancements to your home without spending a fortune. Rethink typical renovations, and pick smaller projects that yield significant impacts.

Here are a few simple tips:

Kitchen: Take on one of the most expensive rooms to remodel and optimize space without breaking through walls by adding in a serving buffet underneath your cabinets. The new piece will offer additional room to showcase your holiday feasts. After the season is over, it will make a great space for potted plants or to display family photos. Upgrading sinks and countertops can be expensive. Do it in stages, such as adding a modern sink and faucets. For added color, throw in small details like hanging a lamp or plants above the sink or purchasing new window treatments.

Living Room: Have you always wanted a fireplace to keep you warm and cozy during those winter months but never had the expenses to install a chimney? Think outside the box this year by turning an empty corner or wall into a comforting space by adding a faux fireplace.

Outdoor Patio: Living in San Diego, we are blessed with warmer winter weather. Candlelit, outdoor dinners and patio parties are great options for the holidays, but not all of us can afford the high costs of installing a patio. Don’t throw out the idea completely. See if an unused spot in your yard could be converted. Level the ground and install stepping-stones or bricks. Decorate with inexpensive patio furniture, umbrella and outdoor candles.

Bathroom: The bathroom can be a money-eating beast after cracking through porcelain and tearing up walls for added space and light. But homeowners don’t have to take such drastic steps to create a fresh look. Repainting with brighter colors is one quick fix. Adding ambient light fixtures or sconces along the sides of mirrors can brighten the room further. Choose new fixtures for the towels, which can also be selected for an improved look when guests arrive. Another touch: add small decorative mirrors and inexpensive designer touches to the walls, such as photos and paintings in interesting frames.

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate