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The holiday season is right around the corner and in no time family and friends will descend upon your home for divine meals and holiday cheer. Now isn’t the time to panic—there’s plenty of time to prep your house (and your family). Incorporating a few of the tips below can help alleviate some holiday stress and dress up your home.
- Place a runner in the entryway to help absorb slush and snow—and protect your floors.
- Fill scratches in the dining room table with colored wax.
- Place travel-sized toiletries in the bathroom—someone will surely forget shampoo or toothpaste.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning properly. Ideally, there are detectors on each floor of the house.
- Clean out guest room dressers or closets. Guests shouldn’t have to live out of their suitcases.
- Replace burned out interior and exterior light bulbs.
- Sharpen your knives—they are going to get a lot of use in the next couple months.
- Clean out the entry closet to allow room for guests’ coats and winter gear.
- Treat fabric furniture with protective spray. This will cut down on stress from unavoidable spills.
- Plug window drafts with weather stripping or caulk.
- Purge your fridge. No need for ancient mustard or spoiled mayo, plus the extra space gives you room for your holiday platters and party trays.
- Buy new towels for the bathroom. This is the ideal excuse to replace threadbare towels, which can be done at a reasonable cost.
- Rinse faucet filters and replace O-rings of drippy sinks.
- Dust the lampshades, banisters and blinds.
- Have your heating and water-heating equipment checked by a professional. If it’s time to upgrade, this gives you the opportunity to select the ideal unit and have it installed before problems occur and holiday guests arrive.
If it’s time to replace your heating or water-heating equipment, act before December 31, 2013 you may qualify for additional incentives. Purchase a Rinnai Condensing Tankless Water Heater and earn a $200 rebate from Rinnai. And any Rinnai Tankless Water Heater or Rinnai Condensing Boiler purchase earns homeowners up to $300 in Federal Tax Credits.