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Get Your House Ready for Thanksgiving Company

Remember last year’s Thanksgiving celebration? If yours was like most others, it was a quiet, intimate dinner without the joy and laughter of past family events. More than ever, this year’s get-togethers promise to be bigger, louder, and more memorable.

It’s not too late to get your house ready for Thanksgiving company. With a little attention to those household annoyances, you can make sure your home is in the best shape to make your guests comfortable throughout their stay.

Oven/Cooktop

If you’re hosting the dinner, you’ll need to make sure your oven is working at top performance well before the turkey goes in. First, make sure to give it a thorough cleaning. If you’ve got a self-cleaning feature, you’ll want to use it several days before company starts to arrive as it may cause a little smoke from spill burn-off. Better to do this now to avoid “smoking” the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Open some windows to ventilate the room and make sure to keep your little ones and pets away from the mega-hot appliance.

Lift the cooktop grates and pull off the knobs to clean underneath. Use a non-abrasive cleaner to protect painted surfaces from scratching.

If you’ve got a problem with your oven not heating properly or a burner not lighting, you should consider bringing in an appliance service to repair it. While you may be handy with a toolbelt, a quick visit from a professional technician can save time and money. The specialist can troubleshoot the problem, replace any necessary parts, and have your oven working in no time.

Bathroom

Having company over means plenty of trips to the bathroom. In addition to stocking up on clean towels and toilet paper, make sure to fix that leaky faucet or toilet that won’t stop running. A faucet that drips may just require a new cartridge. Turn off the water at the shut-off value, disassemble the faucet handle with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, pull out the cartridge and replace with a new one (check your local home improvement center.) Put everything back together and that annoying drip will be gone. Don’t risk a burst pipe or major damage, more complicated plumbing issues should be handled by a licensed plumber.

Television

Do you have a tradition of watching the Thanksgiving Day parade or football games all day long? Wouldn’t it be better to have that big screen TV mounted on the wall so everyone can see clearly? There are several types of mounting brackets to choose from—stationary, swivel, or telescoping. You’ll need to check your television’s specifications to make sure you get a wall mount that fits your equipment. If you’d rather avoid patching up multiple holes after trying to locate the studs, contact a professional service to mount your TV for you. You’ll wish you’d done it a long time ago.

Whole House Clean

We're all much more aware of how important it is to have a really clean home environment, and while you may be an excellent housekeeper, invisible viruses and bacteria can be lingering. Reassure guests that your home will be clean and sanitary for their visit by hiring out a company to disinfect all surfaces.

You should also change your HVAC filter. This will eliminate most of the dust particles and stop recycling unfiltered air throughout your home. If you need a little help with this job, a handyman can provide this service.

Dishwasher

It may have been a tradition for mom to cook the meal and the kids to clean up after, but why not spend more time doing something fun on Thanksgiving? That means your dishwasher has got to be in tiptop shape.

Start by cleaning it.

  • Your dishwasher cleans dishes so it seems strange that your machine would need to be cleaned itself. Residue from food scraps, grease, and soap scum can reduce performance and even cause odors. Run a dishwasher cleaner through a full wash cycle without dishes.
  • Next, take out the bottom rack and remove any visible food from the bottom of the machine.
  •  Clean out the filter by rinsing under cold water and clearing anything trapped inside. Refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions.
  • Food particles and soap scum build up around the door. Wipe down all seals with a damp cloth to sanitize and create a tighter seal.
  • Wipe down the spray arm and use a toothpick to unclog any debris from the holes.
  • Realign the wheels and replace the bottom rack.

Have leaks, strange noises, and any problems with cleaning the dishes looked at by a professional appliance technician.

Refrigerator

Don't ignore problems with your refrigerator. Next to your oven, this appliance is probably the most important component of your Thanksgiving dinner. It's time to clean out all those containers growing who-knows-what in the back of your fridge. Pull out shelves and drawers to wash out spills and food residue. Wipe down the inside to sanitize every area. Replace the shelving and drawers and put an open box of baking soda inside to remove any lingering odors.

While your appliance technician is there, have him look at any issues such an icemaker not making ice, problems with the water dispenser, or trouble with cooling. Your fridge is going to be working overtime before and after the meal, so you'll want to make sure it's up to the job.

Electronics/Internet

Make sure not to overload your home's Wi-Fi and internet capabilities, have a smart home services company evaluate your system. Skilled technicians can make sure your tech equipment is set up to handle everyone's cell phone, tablet, and home theater devices without a single glitch on your special day.

Extra Preparation

There are plenty of items on your to-do list that a handyman can take care of before the big day. Need those wobbly chairs tightened up? Have your kids outgrown the "kids table" and you need a bigger one assembled? Do you need the guest room painted before the family arrives? A handyman can make sure your home is ready for all those group photos.

Puls - Your One-stop Shop for Thanksgiving Prep

Spending quality time with family and friends is what makes Thanksgiving so special. Don't let appliance breakdowns or equipment failures deter you from making memories. You can trust Puls to provide fast, convenient support for most any home-related problem.

Online scheduling will make your life easier when problems occur. You choose the day and time, and our fully vetted technician will be at your door to make things right. Same-day appointments are even available if needed.

Although Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, it's important to make sure your home is comfortable all year-round. Be prepared for anything by becoming a Puls+ member. Safeguard your budget from unexpected expenses by choosing a home services protection plan that fits your specific needs. All members receive benefits such as discounts, concierge service, dedicated service line, extended service guarantees and much more. Book a service today and you'll be thankful Puls is there to help.

Debbie D.
Debbie D.
Debbie Dey is a professional writer with over three decades of experience in residential construction. Her background gives her a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of home improvement projects, which she enjoys sharing through her writing. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. In her free time, you can find her relaxing by the water or cruising with her husband in their sports car.

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