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Prepping Your Home for Guests

  • Nov 18, 2020
  • By NextEra Home

Murphy’s Law is never more true than during the holidays. If something can go wrong, it will; and there’s always something that could go wrong in and around the house. This we all understand, but when things go south and people are visiting, it can be embarrassing, but also terribly inconvenient. Imagine if the HVAC system shuts down or if the septic system backs up. Your next thought is “what do we do now?”

A few preparations ahead of time, will help ensure the holidays go smoothly and that guests are comfortable in your home.

Prepping your home for the holidays usually includes decluttering and cleaning, but preparing for holiday company may require you to go deeper. When was the last time your HVAC was checked by a certified technician? Things break down due to wear and tear and sometimes suddenly. Avoid sudden break downs at inopportune times. Have the unit checked before the holiday season.

Are the appliances in good working order? What about the hot water heater? Taking a cold shower is probably not on your guest’s priority list. Hot water that suddenly runs cold is shocking. Don’t be caught off guard. Hot water heaters typically last between 8 and 12 years.1 Elements wear out with normal wear and tear or even a sudden power surge could cause damage to the heating element. It’s advisable to change out the water heater if it’s reached its age potential. Replacing an old water heater before it incurs damage is the best way to avoid a problem during the holidays. You could wait until the unit shows signs, but being proactive may be the best plan as the holidays near.

Guests probably won’t stay long enough to launder their clothes, but on the off chance that they do or even if they don’t, you’ll want the washer/dryer to be in great working order. Remove excess lint from the dryer’s lint trap or from the pipe that leads from the dryer to the outside. This helps the dryer to work at optimum efficiency, plus, a lint free dryer is less of a fire hazard.

Clean the washing machine so that it smells fresh. A clean tub also improves performance. Run the “Tub Clean” function if there is one. You can also dampen a cloth with vinegar and wipe down the inside of the washing machine and then run the rinse cycle.

Most front load washing machines have a lint trap door. The location may vary by manufacturer, but the lint trap is often located on the front of the machine, directly in front of the pump. It is designed to keep the pump clear of debris. Open and drain any leftover water into a bucket or container. Unscrew the valve on the inside of the drain and clean out the lint, hair and other debris that’s deposited there.  The drain valve is designed to catch lint, hair and other debris that’s dislodged from dirty clothes.

A little prior attention to detail on appliances and home systems will keep your home running smoothly, so you may enjoy your guests during the holidays.

Murphy Law does not need to be a reality for your family during the holidays or at any other time of the year. A home warranty plan* offered by NextEra Home will provide coverage to repair or replace appliances and home systems that break down due to normal wear and tear.

Even if your appliances break down during the holidays, during regular business hours, you won’t be left in the lurch. Only NextEra Home has a one-hour limited service guarantee.

* Home warranty plans are offered and provided by NextEra Home.  The home warranty plans are service plans and not warranties.  See terms and conditions for one-hour limited service guarantee.

 

1https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-long-does-a-water-heater-last/

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