Is your home prepared for the holidays?

The countdown is on until Christmas Day and while we’re all running around trying to get everything done in time it’s important not to neglect our homes.

Whether you’re staying at home over Christmas or planning to pack up and visit the rellies, here are some things you should keep in mind.

Preparing to head away

Heading off for a Christmas break? Make sure you take a few simple steps to keep your home and valuables safe while you’re away.

Take the time before you leave to make sure all windows, doors and gates are locked securely. Activate your security system if you have one too.

It’s also a good idea to try and not leave any obvious signs that you’ll be away. This means that you might need to ask a trustworthy neighbour to take bins in for you, or get the post office to hold your mail if you’ll be away for an extended period.

For extra peace of mind it’s also worth reviewing your home and contents insurance before you go on holidays to make sure that you are covered in case the worst happens.

Preparing for visitors

Those that have people visiting their home over Christmas will be extra busy as they try to make sure that everything is in tiptop shape.

Below is a quick checklist of things to do to prepare for your festive arrivals so you don’t miss anything:

  • De-clutter – Spend the time now de-cluttering all the corners of your home so you’re not left trying to find room for all the gifts on Christmas Day.
  • Tend to the garden – Hopefully the garden has been kept green from some summer rain. If you get the chance before Christmas Day get in there and mow and trim back any overgrowth. It’s also a good idea to clear paths and driveways so the garden is safe for guests to walk around and explore.
  • Clean out the fridge – Most people have a fridge bursting at the seams over Christmas, so clear away as much as you can now to make room.
  • Make a list and check it twice – It’s easy to overlook simple tasks when there is so much to do. Write down what you need to do as soon as you think of it. Put your to-do list on the fridge and delegate tasks to other members of your household so that everyone can contribute to making Christmas as stress-free as possible.

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