Fixing a Fixer-Upper for the Holidays

The relatives are coming this holiday season and the house is a mess. And I'm not just talking about a few things out of place and dust bunnies as big as your cat. I'm talking paint peeling, kitchen cabinets circa 1978 and windows that just don't seem to close all the way. This seems to be the week to fix up the place with several companies offering up everything from discounted flooring to deals on new light fixtures. Here's what's worth a look:

Home improvement: Long Fence is offering $875 off decks and paving if you spend at least $4,375. They're also delaying payments and interest until next November for qualifying customers. K.C. Company Inc., is taking $150 off each installed Pella replacement window, patio door or entry door. The company will also delay your payments and interest for six months, if your credit qualifies. Abbey Carpet 'N Things, which has four stores in Maryland and one in Virginia, is offering 10 square feet of carpet for free with every 100 square feet purchased. But check with the store on their restrictions. They're also featuring Pergo floors for $1.79 a square foot and Mohawk wood floors for $2.79 a square foot. Neither price includes installation. Round out your updated pad with a Tiffany lamp or fixture. Dulles Electric in Sterling is having a 30 percent off sale on all regular-priced Tiffany fixtures and lamps. The store's inventory includes 400 authentic Tiffany lamps and reproductions.

Furniture: The furniture sales continue this week. Several stores are advertising major fall sales, including Macy's, Simms Furniture, Maurice Villency, Scan and Havertys. Leather Living in Tysons Corner and Rockville is having a sectional sale with $600 off sectionals, $200 off sofas and loveseats and $100 off chairs. The Rug Outlet at Antique Row in Kensington is going out of business and marking down their Oriental rugs up to 75 percent off. They're advertising a $600 4x6 Kelims rug for $49.

And now that there is finally a chill in the air, look for more discounts on fall and winter apparel.

Women's clothes: Get your fur on with Cmart's fur sale this week. The Landover-based store marked its fur stock 70 to 80 percent off, along with regular coats, which are 50 to 75 percent off. It's also the time of year to get some new threads for those holiday shindigs. Mae's Dress Boutique in McLean has more than 1,000 formal gowns and its couture gowns are now 80 percent off. The store's sales also include 20 percent off its knit separates and $50 off any non-sale item of at least $100. If you're in the market for shoes, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse and Payless ShoeSource have both marked down certain styles of boots and shoes up to 50 percent. And round out your look with some silver jewelry. Taxco Silver has a buy one, get a second piece for half off sale going on now. The chain has stores in Tysons Corner and Pentagon City.

Men's clothes: There's no reason why men can't get some new duds for holiday parties too. The Tailored Man, a men's boutique in Alexandria that specializes in custom-made men's clothes, is offering suits for $475, shirts for $58 and a 2-suit, 3-shirt combo for $1,095. Now if you're going for a more casual, raking-the-leaves-this-weekend look, then Modell's Sporting Goods may be the place to be. With locations all over the region, the chain has Champion fleece warm-up suits at 30 percent off and select men's and women's jackets for 20 percent off.

Anybody getting their house fixed up for the holidays? Where have you seen the best deals on home improvement projects?

By Tania Anderson |  November 6, 2007; 3:00 AM ET Holidays and Special Occasions , Home Improvement
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