Consumer E-Newsletter - 12/12/2006 (Plain Text Version)
In this issue:
Enjoying a Hassle-free Holiday
Be sure that all of your walkways, decks, and other outdoor areas are as free of ice and snow as possible. A bad fall could easily put a damper on your celebrations. Also make sure that all outdoor and garage lighting are working properly.
Clear out the hall closet to create a spot for people’s coats and other winter apparel. Preparing for this now will make everyone more organized when the fun begins. You may also want to consider an extra doormat for wet boots. Remember, wet shoes can quickly make a kitchen floor slippery and a prime place for a nasty spill.
Keep in mind that the bathroom may get a large increase in traffic. Replacing tile or even adding new grout can give your bathroom a totally new appearance. Take a look around the shower areas and make sure the ceiling isn’t peeling from humidity. If it is, simple ceiling repair and repainting can fix the problem quickly. Be sure that bathroom fans and windows are in working order. Proper ventilation is essential in keeping mold and mildew far away. Extra hand and bath towels also can help with the added traffic of the holidays.
Your kitchen also will receive a high amount of traffic during the holidays and it’s important that you’re ready. Increased entertaining may mean more countertop space is necessary. Clear off countertops and stow appliances in cabinets when they’re not in use. Look closely at the condition of your countertops and cabinets. Does anything need replacing? Are all of the cupboard knobs secure and functioning? Also, the lighting should be in excellent condition. Long hours in a kitchen with inadequate lighting can put a strain on tired eyes. Ensure your kitchen is well-lit by replacing dim light bulbs.
Take the headache out of the holidays by preparing your home for your guests. You'll find many preparations you make now will last longer than the holiday season!
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