Preparing Your Home For The Thanksgiving Holiday

Invite Guests Into Your Home

Halloween has passed and it is time to start planning and preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you follow Unit Realty Group on Instagram, each week we have been providing home maintenance tips and tricks. Thanksgiving is a time many of you open your homes to family and friends. We wanted to provide you with 13 simple ways to prep and spruce up your home for the holidays!

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Clean your appliances – Appliances take a beating during this holiday, but there’s still time to make a few pre-holiday adjustments. Soft scrub with bleach works really well for cleaning stainless steel appliances. Use warm water and a sponge, scrub with the grain of the surface to avoid scratches and streaks.

Clean your sink disposal – The trick is vinegar ice cubes. Put vinegar in an ice tray, freeze, then run the ice cubes down the disposal. It freshens and also sharpens the blade.

Inspect the fridge – It is just inevitable, the fridge and freezer will be opened and closed more times on Thanksgiving day than it is in a couple of weeks of normal use. Tighten screws and any loose door handles. Clear cold air vents and freezer vents, reposition food to allow cold air to move more freely. Replace burned out lights.

Test your oven temperature – If your oven doesn’t have a thermometer, you may want to invest in a battery-powered infrared thermometer. Make sure the oven is in working condition, no one wants cold turkey, cold stuffing or cold pie!

Get the vacuum ready to go – Clean the canister or replace the bag. Vacuum the floors, don’t forget to clean the hard to reach places, under and behind the furniture.

Tune up the kitchen knives – Make sure the blades are sharpened and ready to easily cut the bird.

Inspect the dishwasher – Remove food debris and wipe off detergent residue. Check the strainer/drain area in the wash tub.

Give some attention to the toilets – Take care of poor flushing action by replacing the flapper valve or the entire flush mechanism. Tighten mounting bolts if the toilet rocks, and replace the toilet seat if it is loose or cracked. With lots of guests in your home, this will be a high-traffic area.

Seasonal decorating – Make your home festive for the holiday with simple decor. Bring in nature inspired dining table centerpieces and tasteful table settings. Line the fireplace mantel with candles and decorative branches.

Refresh your window boxes – If you don’t have the time to replant, replace your window box with piles of decorative gourds. Or get some potted mums to place on your doorstep.

Deck out your bar cart – Enjoy a drink with your guests. To keep things simple, get the fixings for a featured drink based around one type of alcohol and have a few other options of spirits for guests to create a drink on their own.

Have ample seating – Guests don’t want to stand all day or throughout the meal. Along with enough chairs around the dining table, make sure there is several seating groupings throughout the house in the den and living room areas.

Present food in an aesthetically pleasing way – Use your best dishes and silverware to impress your guests. Bring out a table runner or a nice table cloth. Create a separate sweets table with colorful bowls and consider placing pies on a three-tiered platter. 

Enjoy your time with family and friends. The holiday can be stressful especially when you are the host. We hope these tips can allow you to be organized and ready to invite guests in your home when the holiday arrives.

Joe Schutt

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Quick Clutter Fixes For Unexpected Showings

Declutter-Real Estate Showing ready

When you have to continue living in a home at the same time you are trying to sell it, keeping it ready for a showing at any time can be a challenge. This challenge is doubled when you have children in your home. You want to be able to accommodate a showing whenever possible in order to get your home sold quickly, but when asked to let people in unexpectedly, getting things in order fast can be a challenge. Here are a few simple tips to get ready for a showing in a hurry!

Keep Some Drawer Space Free

Keep a drawer in your kitchen as empty as possible so that it can be a catch- all for the clutter that is hanging around, including unopened mail, pens and pencils, and other general kitchen clutter. When you need to pick up in a hurry, simply open the drawer and toss in whatever will fit. This can clear off your countertops in a hurry and make your kitchen ready for showing.

A Few Smart Hiding Places

Pick up a few storage ottomans and place them strategically around the house—in the entry, at the end of the hall, in the living or family room. When you need to clean up quickly, simply lift the lid and hide your clutter inside. People coming to see the house aren’t going to open them, so you don’t have to worry about filling them with all of the random clutter that can accumulate during the day. You can simply fit them into your home décor and they won’t be noticed at all.

Under bed storage bins are another quick and easy place to hide clutter fast. Slide them out and fill them with anything from that load of laundry you haven’t had time to put away to the kids’ toys in their bedrooms. Then slip them under the bed and no one will be the wiser.

Clutter has a way of building up in any home, but when you are trying to sell and need to clean it up fast, it’s a little more than a nuisance. Be prepared ahead of time by keeping your clutter hiding places ready to go, and you won’t ever have to stress about an unexpected showing again. 

Joe Schutt

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Boston Shines 2013

Boston Shines

Boston Shines 2013

Don’t forget the eleventh annual Boston Shines is this Saturday, April 27th. Volunteers come together to participate in a citywide clean up event. Sweep, rake, collect trash and help make our community more beautiful.

Volunteer for Boston Shines 2013 now by calling 617-635-3485, or email BostonShines@cityofboston.gov

In Beacon Hill the clean up is between 10 am and 1 pm. Cleaning materials will be distributed at the Phillips Street Playground and outside Charles Street Supply. Besides sweeping sidewalks, activities will include mulching the playground and removing debris from lamp posts. Call 617-227-1922 for more info.

In Back Bay interested parties are asked help out between 9 am and noon. Interested volunteers are asked to gather at the Clarendon Street playground at 8:30 am. Email parnell3@verizon.net for more information.

Joe Schutt

Committed to representing your interests with the highest level of integrity, I am dedicated to service excellence focused on personal attention and building a solid trust relationship. I listen carefully and make my clients feel comfortable in exploring their full range of real estate options and then encourage them to relax and rely on my expertise to insure that the details run smoothly and efficiently. Google+

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