How to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

If you’re planning on hosting guests for the holidays this year, you’ll want to be sure your home is in tip-top shape before everyone arrives. There’s going to be plenty to keep you busy with guests coming and going in your home, you don’t want to have house issues to worry about too.
Take these tips from some Idaho Falls home builders into consideration to prepare your home for the holidays this year.
Inspect the refrigerator before everyone arrives. Check bolts, screws, the lightbulbs, and the water filter (if you run water from your fridge). The fridge is the life source for your home, especially when you have people over who are relying on you for food. It is likely there will be a lot of traffic in and out of the kitchen, most of which will revolve around the fridge.
Take this time before the holidays arrive to clean out your fridge and make sure every part of it is running smoothly.
If you’re hosting holiday meals, then you are likely going to be using your oven – a lot! So make sure it is running smoothly. Clean it out before guests arrive – although you might want to steer clear of the self-cleaning option until after the guests leave because this cycle could cause problems you don’t want just as everyone is arriving.
Clean the stove top and replace any lightbulbs.
Vacuum Cleaner
To ensure an efficient week with your guests, empty your vacuum cleaner out before they arrive. It is likely with a bunch of people around – especially kids – that there will be messes to clean up. Make sure you can clean these messes up quickly and efficiently by preparing your appliances beforehand. Emptying out your vacuum cleaner will ensure that you don’t have to do it right when a mess is made. Keep the party running smoothly with quick mess cleanup.
With guests eating and drinking in your home, you know there’s going to be a lot of bathroom traffic. Clean your toilets and make sure everything is functioning properly. Sometimes the toilet seats can get loose overtime, so screw these in tight. Check the flushing mechanism too. The last thing you need with a bunch of people in your home is for the toilet to stop working.
Trash Cans
Make sure there are plenty of empty trash cans around, in the bathrooms and kitchen especially. If you plan on using disposable dishes and utensils, this is an even bigger necessity. Keep the trash cans low and take the trash out often so you don’t have larger messes to clean when the fun is done.

These five things in your home are going to be used the most during the holidays, so you want to make sure you do everything you can before your guests arrive to ensure a smooth and stress-free holiday.