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A Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready for the Holiday Season

November 16th, 2013  |  Insurance

With the holiday season about to kick into high gear, it is important that you take the time now to get your home ready. By now you should have your yard ready for the winter and your home winterized for the season. Once you have these items in order, you can start thinking about when and how to decorate the house and prepare for get-togethers before the holiday season is underway.

Rather than trying to leave everything to memory, creating a checklist of things to do will allow you to quickly get organized.

Consider the following tips when creating your holiday home checklist:

  1. Assign duties to family members so that all the work doesn’t fall to one person.
  2. Move furniture and put away items you don’t need to make space for decorations.
  3. Do an inventory check. Do you have the items you need for your interior decorations? Are there any updates you are planning to make from last year?
  4. Are your exterior decorations in good working order? Canadian winters and storage over the warmer months can take their toll on decorations.
  5. An extra stash of small gift items and holiday cards makes sure you are prepared for the person you forgot to include on your list.
  6. If you are hosting a holiday party, send your invitations out early as calendar’s fill up quickly over the holiday season.
  7. Check your baking supplies so that you don’t find yourself short on a key ingredient for your holiday baking and treats.
  8. Keep extra cleaning supplies on hand so you don’t run out right before your guests arrive.
  9. Having quick meals in your freezer make it easier to accommodate unexpected guests.
  10. Kids can get bored quickly over the break from school. Make sure you have some activities planned to keep them occupied.
  11. Are you prepared for overnight guests? Prepare your guest room or think now on how you will accommodate sleeping arrangements for all your guests.
  12. It’s a busy time of year! A master family calendar can help you keep track of all the holiday events you will be attending.

What are your plans for the holiday season? Are you hosting a party or having dinner at your home this year? Have you started planning yet?

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