Holidays can be stressful enough with an influx of out-of-town guests, a rise in financial responsibilities, and an increase in family obligations. The last thing you need added to your plate is an unforeseen issue with your home and the unexpected costs that come with it. Here are some tips to prepare your home and have a smooth holiday season.
1. Clean the microwave…but not the stove.
Your appliances are going to get messy this season, so it’s best to start with a clean slate. Wash the microwave’s tray in the dishwasher and clean the interior with a damp cloth and some mild detergent. Be sure to check the vent for built-up dust and grease, and remove any residue with a spray degreaser.
When you’re on a roll cleaning your appliances, it may be tempting to set the oven to self-clean, but hold off for now. This cycle puts a lot of stress on your appliance. Instead, give it a quick surface clean the day before and save the wear and tear of a deep-clean until after you’ve finished preparing the meal.
2. Prep the fridge for leftovers.
As you make your plans for various family feasts, you’ll need room in your fridge for both ingredients, as well as leftovers. Purge any half-opened bottles, throw out any Tupperware whose contents are questionable, and wipe down the shelving. You’ll also want to make sure your refrigerator itself is in tip-top shape so that nothing spoils. Make sure to tighten any loose screws and gaskets so that the door shuts tight, preventing any cold air from escaping.
As with the microwave, you’ll want to check for any blocked vents in both the fridge and freezer sections. A blocked vent can stop cold air from circulating and prevent food from being stored in proper conditions. It can also cause your appliance to work inefficiently, costing you money. If you find your fridge is in need of a tune-up above your pay grade, try a review website like Angie’s List to find a reputable contractor to take care of your refrigeration needs.
3. Declutter common areas and prepare your guest bedroom.
With more guests comes more stuff. Make room in your home by decluttering common areas and stocking your guest space with essentials so that your guests feel comfortable. Put away anything that isn’t seasonal and find a new home for those shoes, umbrellas, and miscellaneous items.
Many out-of-town guests may be staying overnight, so make sure closets and drawers are empty. This gives them enough space to unpack their things and feel more at home. Stock up on toilet paper and travel-sized toiletries so that your guests have everything they need.
4. Test your smoke detector.
Smoke detector batteries need to be changed every six months, so if you can’t remember the last time you changed them, go ahead and do that now. You’ll be cooking more frequently, heating the house for guests, and the decorations themselves are often ripe for fire hazards. You’ll want to be sure that you’re prepared in the case of an emergency.
5. Have a pro inspect your furnace.
The winter months can take a toll on your HVAC system and that toll is amplified when you’re fitting more people into smaller spaces. Routine HVAC Maintenance is key to avoiding problems, so be sure to change your air filter. And if it’s been awhile since you had a routine inspection, schedule one early in the season.
Having a tune-up at the end of fall to early winter ensures a comfortable and problem-free holiday. Need to schedule your tune-up? Advent can help homeowners make sure their home stays nice and comfy this holiday season, no matter what the weather is.
Call us today at (469) 240-5456 to schedule.