Preparing for Holiday Visitors

Take time now to ensure your home is properly prepared for the onslaught of family and friends who may be visiting during the holiday season this year.

The secret to being a memorable holiday host is having a house that’s not only welcoming, but also safe and well-maintained. Following are some suggestions for quick, pre-visit improvements.

LIGHT UP THE OUTDOORS
Installing exterior lighting can quickly transform your house from a dark object to an evening oasis. For dramatic effect, beam lights along the sides of your house. To bring your landscaping to life, mount upward-facing lights at the base of large trees and bushes. Beckon your guests (and make their final approach infinitely safer) by posting lights along walkways and stairs

PRESSURE-WASH THE WALKWAYS AND DRIVEWAYS
Mossy steps and walkways are very slippery at this time of year. And the best way to remove these organic build-ups is with a powerful pressure washer.

BOLT THE BOOKSHELVES
Bookshelves more than five feet high can be accidentally pulled or pushed over by well-meaning guests – with potentially serious results. Anchor them to the walls with brackets and bolts specially designed for the task.

GIVE YOUR TOILET(S) A TUNE-UP
To ensure your loo can accommodate the additional users…

  • Use a small, handheld mirror to see if the all-important water holes on the underside of the toilet bowl rim are plugged with mineral deposits and grime. If so, use a length of wire clothes hanger to clear them.

  • Treat your toilet with one of the products that dissolves built-up paper and organic waste in the pipes (a product called “Toilet Care Tune-Up” is sold at hardware stores, Walmart, big box home-improvement stores, and more).

  • Make sure it’s still securely bolted to the floor: Grab both sides of the bowl and try to rock it back and forth. If there’s any movement, tighten the floor bolts (but not so tight that you crack the fragile porcelain).

CLEAR THE ENTERTAINING AREAS
If guests have to maneuver around pet food bowls, recycling containers, potted plants, piles of reading materials, and other obstructions, there’s a very good chance someone is going to trip or slip.

HAVE THE CHIMNEY INSPECTED
If there’s even a chance you are going to have a real-wood fire, and you haven’t had your chimney inspected or cleaning a couple years, schedule an appointment with a chimney sweep now.

CHANGE THE FURNACE FILTER
To help those guests who may have allergies to dust, pollen and pet hair, change your furnace filter.

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 8:47 pm
Barbara Maltman | Category: Uncategorized

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