It's not too late to prep your home for the holidays
Simple Tips to Help you Prep Your Home for the Holidays
The holiday season is here, but there’s no need to panic. There’s plenty of time to prep your home for extended family and friends’ arrival. Integrating a few of the tips below can help alleviate some holiday stress and dress up your home.
- Place a runner in the entryway to help absorb slush and snow—and protect your floors.
- Clean your baseboards.
- Fill scratches in the dining room table with colored wax.
- Place travel-sized toiletries in the bathroom—someone will surely forget shampoo or toothpaste.
- Add some “wow factor” to your entryway—it’s the first area of your home guests will see. A new mirror, modern lamp or fresh flowers will do the trick.
- Test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors to ensure they are functioning properly. Ideally, there are detectors on each floor of the house.
- Add a desk as a side table in the guest room. This additional space allows for a place to read, work or write a thank you note.
- Replace burned out interior and exterior light bulbs.
- Remove unnecessary clutter and small appliances from countertops when prepping for a party—they take up valuable counter space.
- Sharpen your knives.
- Planning to vacuum? Sprinkle scented carpet powder for a nice aroma.
- Clean out the entry closet to allow room for guests’ coats and winter gear.
- Treat fabric furniture with protective spray. This will cut down on stress from unavoidable spills.
- Empty indoor trashcans. You’ve spent time cleaning—now remove the evidence.
- Purge your fridge. No need for ancient mustard or spoiled mayo, plus the extra space gives you room for your holiday platters and party trays.
- Buy new towels for the bathroom. This is the ideal excuse to replace threadbare towels, which can be done at a reasonable cost.
- Dust the lampshades, banisters and blinds.
- Have your heating and water-heating equipment checked by a professional. If it’s time to upgrade, this gives you the opportunity to select the ideal unit and have it installed before problems occur and the holidays arrive.
If it’s time to replace your heating or water-heating equipment, act before Dec. 31, you may qualify for additional incentives. Purchase a Rinnai Condensing Tankless Water Heater and earn a $200 rebate from Rinnai. Any Rinnai Tankless Unit or a Rinnai Condensing Boiler purchase earns homeowners up to $300 in Federal Tax Credits.