Preparing Your Home For The Holidays

Preparing Your Home For The Holidays.

‘Tis the season to start thinking about hosting holiday festivities and decorating. The holiday season brings families and friends together for gatherings large and small as well as short visits to extended stays. In between the gifts to shop for and wrap, meals to prepare and the entertaining.  Sometimes our homes get neglected. It’s the perfect time of year to put a little extra effort into your home to enjoy over the holiday season.

Small home improvement projects, cleaning and organizing are all things that go along with our favorite time of the year. If you are thinking about selling during the winter months, take these home preparation tips to heart in order to impress potential buyers.

No matter what the holidays have in store for you, let’s look at some simple tips for preparing your home for the upcoming holiday season.

Preparing Your Home For The Holidays

Update The Front Entry

You can do this with a fresh coat of paint on the entry door, decorating with greenery or lights, etc. Just remember that this is the first impression of your home.

Check Your Outside Lighting

With Winter on its way, it’s important to have a well-lit sidewalk and driveway for guests to use.

Winter Apparel Storage

Since Winter has arrived early, guests will be bundled up upon arrival at your home. Make sure that you have a convenient spot to hang or store winter weather apparel. Winter boots will also need a place to be stored when guests arrive.  Put a mat or boot holder in place to protect floors.

Fresh Carpets

This is one of the busiest seasons for carpet cleaners as many of us prep our homes for the holiday season. If your carpet needs a little freshening up, make an appointment to have your carpets cleaned.

Get Your Kitchen Ready

This room of the home typically becomes the hub of most holiday festivities.  So it’s important to get it in tip top shape and ready to host guests. Clean and organize cupboards, clean tile and grout, scrub the sink.

Clean Appliances

Since most holiday gatherings involve eating, it never hurts to put in a little elbow grease into cleaning appliances. The most commonly used appliances to look at cleaning are your microwave, oven and refrigerator.

Home Improvement Fun

If you have partially completed home improvement projects, now is the time to complete them!


Brighten up a room with a fresh coat of paint. Choose to do an entire room or just paint an accent wall to add more color to the space.

Decorate For The Holidays

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like decorating and having a festive home. Decorating can range from simple to over the top, whichever way you choose to decorate your home you will make your guests feel at home.


Consider organizing any rooms or closets that are messy and un-kept. You still have time before Thanksgiving and Christmas so set aside a night or day to organize one room or closet. By doing areas one at a time, you will be less stressed and have more focus on an individual area of the home.

Freshen Up The Bathroom

Put out new towels, stock up on toilet paper and consider updating any outdated fixtures. Small upgrades in the bathroom can make a big impact.

Preparing your home for house guests can be chaotic and stressful. Start early so that you can have everything ready in time for the holidays. You’ll also go into the new year with a clean and organized home.  What a great way to start off 2015!!!  Here’s to decking the halls and enjoying all that the holiday season has to offer. Happy Holidays!

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Rick Toney

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Rick Toney Is A Seasoned Real Estate Professional With Over 25 Years Of Real Estate Experience, Writes A Weekly Real Estate Blog And Is A Principal of Blue Moon Realty Group And Mesa Realty Advisors. Blue Moon Realty Group Is A Residential Redevelopment Company Specializing In The Purchase And Renovation Of Older And Physically Distressed Homes (Flip This House Boston). Mesa Realty Advisors Is An Affordable Housing Developer Specializing In The Redevelopment Of Existing Low-Income Housing Properties. Rick Is A Certified Public Accountant (CPA - Retired) In The State Of California, A Certified Property Manager (CPM - Retired) And A Real Estate Broker In The States Of California (Retired) And Massachusetts.

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  1. Rick ToneyFebruary 5, 2015



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