Having an open house around the holidays can be as exciting as the festive season itself. Since it falls on the last month of the year, most of the hard stuff involved had already been taken care of for you. You don’t really need to come up with a complicated and specialized theme since people already know what to expect. Just a little imagination coupled with an open heart and a joyous spirit is sure to bring out your home’s holiday season appeal.
Here are some of the interesting ways to prepare your home for a Christmas showing.
1. Know your guests.
It's important to know the type of guests you are expecting to attend your open house in order to avoid confusion and chaos. Pick an early date to avoid scheduling conflicts particularly during the holiday season. It's also a good idea to ask people to confirm their attendance (RSVP) in order to strategize your activities for the day as well as the menu and beverage list. Provide a clear time frame, date and driving directions.
2. Check your home's heating system.
Make sure that your home's heating system is in good condition to make your guests feel more comfortable on the day of the showing. You can have it serviced well ahead of your scheduled showing day. If your home has a central heating system, you can book an appointment with a gas engineer to have your boiler serviced.
3. Make plans for the food and refreshment.
Preparing the food for the showing doesn't have to be complicated. Choose food items that require easy and short preparation time. Since people would be moving around, identify your home's high traffic areas to maximize the space for placing your refreshments. If you plan to have a buffet, make sure that space is open for easy access. It's also a good idea to provide additional seating.
4. Decorate with Christmas-themed ornaments.
If you're installing Christmas lights, make sure to use only those that have the best quality and those that meet the safety standards. Whatever decorative items you have in mind, remember not to overdo it. Just keep things simple yet filled with warmth and yuletide cheer!
5. Give the garden a facelift.
Some guests can be more keen on staying outdoors. Make them feel the cool breeze of Christmas by giving your garden the tender loving care that it deserves. Water the plants, pull weeds, gather dried fallen leaves, rake and sweep everything away. You can also extend your decorating prowess at the garden by adding more Christmas ornaments. Use something that can be lighted up at night to achieve a dramatic effect.
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