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Thanksgiving Checklist: Getting Your Home Ready for Guests

by Blake Wiltshire | Nov 22, 2019 | Residential Services | 0 Comments

It's definitely starting to get colder outside. Do you know what that means? Thanksgiving is coming up! Are you getting ready to prepare a feast for your family and loved ones? While you're planning your Thanksgiving checklist, remember to create a to-do list for your house as well!

To make sure you're completely prepared to entertain a house full of hungry guests, we've put together this checklist of 8 reminders to help get your home ready for turkey day.

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1. Ensure Your Drains Are Clear

Whether you’re hosting guests for the afternoon or overnight, your home's plumbing will have to work a little bit harder on Thanksgiving. Have you made sure all your drains are flowing properly? An unexpected plumbing backup will be more than enough to ruin your Thanksgiving dinner. If it's been a while since you've cleaned out your main sewer line, consider scheduling a drain cleaning service appointment.

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2. Replace Burnt Out Lightbulbs

Think about how much time you spend cleaning your house before your guests arrive. You want them to be able to see your hard work, right? More importantly, if you have guests staying with you overnight, you don't want them stumbling around in the dark. Remember to pick up some spare light bulbs while you're out turkey shopping and check extra bedrooms and bathrooms to make sure there are no burnt out bulbs.

3. Inspect Guest Plumbing Fixtures

Do you have a guest bathroom that gets minimal use during most of the year but works overtime on Thanksgiving? If you do, test your bathroom fixtures, including the shower, toilet and sink to make sure they work adequately before your guests arrive. Also, don't forget to test the hot water in the shower! You don’t want your friends or family to get a chilly surprise when they wake up in the morning!

4. Clean Out Your Garbage Disposal

Most of the year, our garbage disposals do a fine job of handling normal dinner prep. If there's one thing that's almost guaranteed about hosting Thanksgiving, you'll have a lot of dishes to wash. Your garbage disposal can be the beast that keeps your sink clear or the burden that plugs it up. Make sure it's functioning properly and, if it isn't, you can always call our 24/7 emergency maintenance line and our team can come help you out!

5. Complete Furnace Maintenance

Have you completed your annual furnace tune-up yet? When is the last time you changed your furnace filter? You can fill your house with holiday cheer, but that will only keep it warm for so long. Unless you have enough blankets to pass around the dinner table, you should make sure your furnace is in perfect working order before your guests arrive.

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6. Check Your Oven Temperature

Before you pop the turkey in, you should always make sure that your oven is at the perfect temperature. Use an oven-safe thermometer to measure the temperature inside of your oven. Adjust the temperature setting manually to make sure your oven's internal temperature is correct. This will help you cook your perfect turkey safely. To assist, your oven may have an automatic calibration setting but check your oven's owner's manual for more information.

7. Stock Up on Extra Toiletries

Remember that on Thanksgiving, many stores are closed. You'll need to stock up on essentials like toilet paper, tissues, soap, and paper towels in advance. While you're completing your Thanksgiving shopping, you may also want to pick up a few airplane-sized toiletries to have on hand in case your out-of-town guests forget to pack extras.

8. Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

In the event of an emergency, you want to make sure you're prepared to the best of your ability. Test your smoke detectors and change the batteries if necessary. It's also a good idea to inspect the expiration dates on any fire extinguishers you have around the house.

When in Doubt, Hand It Off to Althoff

Althoff Industries specializes in providing residential heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and mechanical services. If you run into any issues while going through your Thanksgiving maintenance checklist, contact the experts at Althoff. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 815-900-5002. We won't be able to grab that extra toilet paper for you, but we can help with backed up pipes and furnace issues!

If you run into residential service trouble during the holiday, remember we are available 24/7/365. For emergency service, dial 1-800-225-2443.

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