Ready or not, here the holidays come! If you’re lucky enough to be in charge of entertaining this year, don’t stress. You can start preparing now and, with a little help, have your home guest-ready in no time. We have some tips when it comes to preparing your home for the holidays. To make the best impression, focus your time and efforts on these key areas:
A Welcoming Entrance
Since your front entryway will be the first thing most of your guests see, make it look as fresh and welcoming as possible! Before you hang any festive decorations, be sure to clean off the outdoor surfaces, including your porch, steps, walkways, and even your door! Depending on how dirty they are, it may just be easier to have a professional power washing. This process will rejuvenate your entryway that way scrubbing on your hands and knees imply can’t—plus who really wants to do that? Even if you have exposed brick or wood surfaces, we can still offer a thorough cleaning without damage, thanks to our soft washing technique. Once you let your entryway dry, you can add all the holiday decorations you want! A wreath, fairly lights, a jumbo inflatable Santa—you name it. Whether you prefer a subtle style of décor or over-the-top additions, your entryway should present a great first impression of the holidays!
Whether your guests are staying for a meal, or overnight, they’ll appreciate your efforts to make them feel welcome. It could be something as simple as including their favorite dishes on the menu or providing extra power strips and cords for their very own charging station. For long-term guests, expert hosts recommend really personalizing your guest rooms to suit your family and friends. Apart from changing the linens, pile on festive blankets, pillows, and throws. You can also add a little gift basket with adorable options like snacks, miniature water bottles, travel-sized toiletries, and more! Realistically, though, allergies should be a top concern. The last thing that you want is for your guests to have medical concern while they’re staying in your home. Don’t be afraid to ask about allergies! Some a thorough cleaning can address, others may need a different solution. When it comes to outdoor allergies, a thorough pressure washing prior to their arrival can help reduce the number of allergens that can tracked inside. This works for your family, too, not just your guests!
Don’t Forget the Food
Everyone loves holiday decorations and presents, but when you think about family/friend gatherings, it’s all about the food! You can go with the traditional ham/turkey spread or get more creative with the menu, but be sure you have plenty to go around. It’s a good idea to have a couple of courses ready to go. Nothing too crazy, mind you. Just some snacks for your guests to nibble on as they catch up, plus your main meal—and it wouldn’t be the holidays without desserts! Cookies, cakes, chocolates, you name it. You can always recruit your guests’ help with this as a fun and rewarding activity to do together. Then, enjoy the fruits of your labor.
While we’re no experts when it comes to cooking, we do know a thing or two about power washing. As you prepare for home for holiday visitors, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re happy to come out for a free estimate and take a little weight off your shoulder. Let us know how all of us at Peak Power Wash can help!