Rental Home for the Holidays: How to Prep Your Place for the Season

Once the candle on the last jack-o-lantern goes out, it’s officially The Holiday Season. Are you ready?

We have tips for how to prep your rental home for guests and make your home a favorite spot
for family and friends to gather over the holiday season.

Cold-weather cleaning

Spring isn’t the only time to give your place a thorough scrub. Before you play host or hostess for
holiday gatherings, you’ll want your home to shine as brightly as the season’s lights. Wash windows to
let in as much sunshine as possible, mop floors, and dust your home from top to bottom. If necessary,
this is also a good time to steam-clean carpets, making floors a welcoming spot to play games and exchange gifts.
Don’t forget to make your kitchen shine, too, in preparation for all those wonderful holiday treats and meals.

Preparing for guests

It’s never too early to get your guest accommodations in order. In the guest room, get everything ready for
out-of-town visitors. Collect extra pillows and blankets, freshen bedding, clear space in the closet and have
fresh towels at the ready. A suitcase stand, either purchased or made by you out of decoratively stacked, vintage
suitcases, is a welcoming touch. Place high-quality toiletries in a decorative basket for your guests to enjoy.

Holiday decor

Whether you create it yourself or purchase holiday home decor from your favorite catalog or home store,
creating a holiday mood with garlands, greenery and other items will make visitors to your home feel welcome.
Holiday plants and pine boughs can be found at your local home improvement shop or florist. If you have vintage
ornaments that are wearing out or that have lost their hook holders, place them in a decorative bowl or glass candle
holder to let them sparkle. Candles (battery-powered are safest) and small lights add a warm festive glow throughout your home.

Opening your home for the holidays makes the season even warmer. Begin preparing your place now so that it
will feel truly welcoming for your seasonal guests!