Thanksgiving is a time of family, merriment, and good food. We like to call it the mini celebration before the Christmas holidays.

It’s crucial to making your house as comfortable as possible for your guests during this festive season. All it takes is these four simple home improvement projects to have your house pumped up and ready for the holidays.

1. Groom Your Lawn

They say those first impressions last, and when it comes to your home, your lawn is the first feature your guests will see. So, it makes sense to start your improvement efforts in your front yard. The easiest way is to clean up your lawn. 

The fall would undoubtedly have brought plenty of leaves, especially if you have a lot of trees around. You can also do some pruning and landscaping to make your front yard a little more appealing.

Focus on your front curb. Clean out the gutters and part of your driveway if you haven’t already and use a power washer if you have access to one. A quick sweep is all it takes to bring the front of your house to guest-ready status.

2. Do Some General Cleaning

Once you’ve cleaned up the outside of your home, it’s time to shift your attention inside. It is an excellent time to do some general housekeeping chores, like scrubbing out the bathroom and kitchen floors before the flurry of Thanksgiving cooking. 

You can also clean the ceilings if you haven’t already tackled this task for the year. Launder your upholstery, linen, and curtains for a fresher feel, too.

3. Check Up On Your Kitchen Appliances

When the Thanksgiving cooking comes in, your appliances would most likely take the brunt of all that preparation. Avoid any delays or panic-inducing breakdowns by doing some routine maintenance on your appliances well before the Thanksgiving rush.

The most important check is of your oven and refrigerator. Make sure the former is well-maintained and clean, to handle roasting the ever-important Thanksgiving turkey.

Your washer and dryer will also be working overtime with all the plates and utensils that need to be cleaned. A little routine maintenance is all you need to avoid a Thanksgiving disaster.

4. Make Sure Your Guests Are Warmed Up

The chilly temperatures that come with Thanksgiving require your home’s heating system to be functioning as intended. Don’t wait for it to break down in the middle of all the holiday merriment.

It would be prudent to do some quick maintenance on your furnace before the guests arrive. Try running it for a few cycles a couple of days before the event. It will also give you a chance to get rid of the musty smell and circulate fresh air around your house.

You can also opt to use your fireplace if you have one for that classic holiday feel. Make sure it is adequately cleaned and swept beforehand. It would also be a good idea to have a chimney inspector take a look at it for leaks or other hazards.

Team Couch knows that a well-maintained home is much to be grateful for, and is also a winner on the real estate market if you ever decide to sell.