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Preparing your home for the influx of seasonal visitors

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2013-12-16 08:17:15

During each holiday season, families up and down the East Coast typically make plans to visit each other and spend time together. And, if you have recently just purchased your own home, you can safely assume that you will have a number of relatives looking to plan an extended trip to your neck of the woods. 

While hosting seasonal guests is one of the pleasures homeowners can regularly enjoy, it is not without it's difficulties. In order to best accommodate your friends and family members, you might want to spend some time enhancing your home's existing features. Doing so will not only heighten their sense of comfort, but could also see your property's value appreciate substantially. 

Evaluate condition of HVAC system
Since the winter season usually brings cold temperatures and sizable amounts of snowfall to communities along the Eastern Seaboard, you and your visitors will likely spend the majority of your time together indoors. For this reason, it is imperative you examine your heating system ahead of your guests' arrival. The last thing you want to have happen during the holidays is to lose heat, so make sure the furnace is in good working order. While you're at it, you might also want to check on your home's air quality, and swap out old filters for new ones. This can allow your loved ones to breathe easier during their stay, and keep everyone as healthy as they were when they first arrived. 

Convert extra space to living areas
If you know you have numerous relatives planning on staying at your house, but don't have enough bedrooms for all of them, you might want to create additional living areas out of unused square footage. Furnished basements and attics are easily converted from storage space into sleeping quarters. Additionally, introducing a sleeper sofa to your existing rooms provides another sleeping surface that your guests can use during the night. Doing away with clutter can make it easier for everyone to get around and reduces the risk of someone breaking something. 

Child-proof kitchens, bathrooms
Due to the fact that you'll probably be welcoming young relatives into your home during the holidays, you should make sure they won't be able to get into any trouble while their parents' backs are turned. Since knives and sharp objects are typically found in kitchens, it would be wise to keep these out of youngsters' reach, or install child-proof locks on the cabinets and drawers in which they are kept. Have you made a habit out of storing caustic and toxic chemicals used for cleaning in your bathroom? If so, it is a good idea to make sure the proper precautions are put into place in these areas as well. To be extra careful, you may want to inform your friends and family about the potential dangers of their children coming into contact with the substances - and tell them where everything is stored. 

Check on other vital internal systems
Aside from heat, you will want to make sure your home's electrical and plumbing systems are in good condition before welcoming guests. If either of these are disabled when you've got a full house, you could be faced with a large, expensive repair. Therefore, performing a visual check on the components of these systems is a good idea. Better yet, having a licensed professional come to check them out might benefit you even more - enabling you to address issues before they compound into problems. 

Poli Mortgage Group understands the financial stress that entertaining friends and family can put on you during the holidays. If you are faced with making a costly improvement to you home, you can benefit by taking advantage of the residential lending products and services that we offer. Our Loan Officers work around the clock to secure clients with low rates, so contact us today. Call 866-353-7654 to get started.

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