Your big holiday party is coming up, and family and friends will soon visit your home for a night full of games, laughter, food, and cheer. You want your guests to feel comfortable in your home, so you’ve already started preparing: you’ve decorated the house, made your grocery lists, and sent out your invitations.
But as the holiday season gets busier and the date for your party gets closer, you realize that you still need to finish some home projects. A few of these projects require professional help, and you’d rather the specialists finish their work long before your friends and family arrive.
Below, we’ve listed a few tasks that you might want to take care of before your big party. These professional projects will help your guests to feel welcome and at home, and will show off your home to its advantage.
Schedule the Exterminator
You probably wouldn’t think about an exterminator in connection with your holiday party plans, but trust us-no one wants to spot a black widow spider a rodent scurrying through your home.
Winter has arrived, and rats, mice, and other pests will try to find anywhere warm to live in-including your home. If you schedule an exterminator a few weeks before your party, your pest control specialists will have plenty of time to seal your home against pests and protect your guests from insects, spiders, and rodents.
Exterminators can also inspect your home for bed bugs. The US has been in the middle of a bed bug epidemic for the last couple of years, and you need to be careful about insects in your home’s beds. After all, if you have guests staying with you during the holidays, they won’t want to share their sleeping quarters with bed bugs. You may even want to invite the exterminator back after guests leave, to ensure your home stays free of bed bugs.
Take Care of Your Home’s Plumbing
The guest bathroom sink has been clogged for ages, but you haven’t found the time to get it taken care of. Now is the perfect time to make sure that your home’s plumbing is in order. Holiday guests mean that your bathrooms will get a little more traffic than usual, and you want to be sure that your plumbing can handle the extra use.
You may need to call a plumber who can help you to deal with any annoying plumbing issues, like a running toilet or a leaky faucet. Remember to schedule a plumber in advance, because many homeowners may be preparing for their own holiday parties as well.
And don’t forget to keep your home’s pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can cause more than an inconvenience during a party. If frozen pipes burst, you could have a real plumbing emergency on your hands. Ensure that your pipes don’t freeze by leaving a little water running during the night, and open cabinet doors under your sinks so that the heat in the house can warm up the pipes.
Turn Up the Heat
The last thing you need is for your furnace to die on the eve of your party. Your guests won’t enjoy themselves much if they can see their own breath, and you’ll have a hard time keeping everyone warm even if there are a lot of people in the house.
Now may be the perfect time to get a heating system tune-up. Your HVAC specialist can calibrate your thermostat, clean your vents, and repair or clear your furnace. A functional heating system ensures your guests’ comfort, and a calibrated thermostat makes it easier to choose an interior temperature that everyone can agree on.
As you look at your furnace, put a few drops of lavender or vanilla oil on your filters. The fan will waft the scent through the house and help you eliminate musty smells. Don’t worry-the scent is very subtle, so it won’t bother guests with a sensitive nose.
Clean Your Carpet
If your home’s carpets look shabby, guests are bound to notice. Contact your local carpet cleaner to clean your carpets and rugs. The process only takes a few hours, but it’s best to schedule a carpet cleaning long before the party arrives. You’ll need to rearrange furniture and stay off the carpet for a while after the cleaning, so call your carpet cleaner about a week or so in advance.
If you’re worried that guests will tramp mud, snow, and dirt onto your newly cleaned carpets, purchase a few inexpensive rugs at your local home decor store and lay them carefully in the entry way. Ask guests to wipe their shoes or remove their shoes entirely.
You want your holiday party to be perfect and for your guests to feel at home. These professional projects will ensure that your party goes smoothly and your home is a beautiful place to celebrate the season. Contact your local specialists now to schedule your appointments.