Summer home maintenance checklist
We all love summer because it means more time spent outdoors! But that’s not the only reason.
Unlike the rest of the world, for Aussies, summer also means that it’s Christmas season and time for the New Year break.
Service your aircon
Check your plumbing for damage or leaks
Make your home mould-free
Clean out the air vents
Maintain your refrigerator
Inspect smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
Wash your home’s exteriors
Maintain the garden
Getting your home ready for Christmas guests
Your home is a new place for your Christmas guests and they might feel a little disoriented as they look around for bathroom supplies or find a place to put their things during their stay.
Get the bedroom and bathroom ready
Remove your personal belongings to make room for theirs. This means you need to empty the wardrobes and remove your toiletries so they can put their own. Better yet, add new spare ones and let them know that they are welcome to use them.
Make sure to replace the old bed linen with a fresh one. Spend the night in the room to see if the bed is comfortable enough, the room is quiet enough to sleep and the air conditioning is working well.
Stock the fridge and pantry
Provide extra storage, clothing, and footwear
Install lighting suitable for entertaining
Don’t forget guests with children
If your guests are coming over with small children, you have a whole different checklist to make. To begin with, keep everything that is not meant for them, out of their reach. You might want to store some toys, candies, and other stuff to keep them busy and happy. If your guests are not comfortable with your pet roaming around, you might want to arrange a separate place where you can confine the pet during your guest’s stay.
The first few things your guests notice instantly about your home
While you may be focusing on getting the bedroom and the bathroom ready for your guests, there are a few other important things that your guests will notice even before you show them to their rooms.
You might have gotten accustomed to the smell inside your home but it may feel weird to the guests as they enter.
It is always a good idea to light a scented candle, open the windows to let fresh air in, or spray an air freshener to create a smell that everyone would like.
An untidy home leaves a bad taste in the mouth. While you do not need to go to extra lengths as you de-clutter your house before the holiday guests arrive, putting away some of the most obvious mess can help.
Put away the toys and the dirty laundry, clean up the kitchen and dining table, and so on.
Whether it’s a dirty bathroom, a greasy kitchen, or pet hair all over the carpet and couches, being invited to an unclean home is the worst thing that can happen to your guests. With the busy season already on, it’s a great idea to hire a professional cleaning service to get your home nice and clean for Christmas.
Safety tips for the holiday season
- Don’t power up your outdoor light decorations with an extension cord running through the house. It will keep you from closing doors/windows properly as burglars will be able to spot those easily.
- Don’t try to install DIY security systems including sensor lights, programmable locks, security alarms, and security cameras. They might not be reliable.
- Always install decorative lights that live up to Australian safety standards.
- Make sure to childproof your home especially powerpoints, installing rails to prevent them from falling off the stairs and keeping other dangerous items out of their reach.
- Make a checklist for you and your family outlining what you need to do in case of emergencies such as loss of power or blocked drains.
- Anything to do with heights such as cleaning the roofs, trimming the trees, etc can be dangerous, so it’s good to hire a qualified tradie to do it for you.
Remember, to avoid holiday emergencies dampening your fun, preparation is the key.