Your Checklist to Getting Organised this Christmas

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Your Checklist to Getting Organised this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has definitely begun. We are making a list and checking it twice! Most of us are spending Christmas at home this year, so we thought we would compile a list to get your home looking great for the occasion. Plus, it’s always a nice feeling to move into the New Year with your home space feeling fresh.

  • Get the kitchen organised. Clean the fridge, freezer, and pantry in anticipation of more leftovers and cooking supplies. More Tupperware containers can be handy. Freeze, label, and date food.  Make sure food is kept at correct temperature. Check out Queensland Health’s factsheet here.  As a quick guide, cooked turkey should be eaten within two days of cooking, and don’t reheat more than once. Smoked salmon should be eaten within three days of opening. Whole cooked ham can be kept in the fridge for five days, and two days if it is sliced. For more info, check out this article.
  • You may also want to consider booking in a service for your fridge given the busy-ness of the kitchen this time of year.
  • Clean the Barbie. From our research, the best method is to use oven cleaner and let it sit for about twenty minutes or so, (depending on the type of cleaning agent applied), before thoroughly washing off.
  • Give the outside of the house a freshen up. Are you considering taking Christmas lunch outdoors this year? Then it is worthwhile considering getting your outdoor entertaining area up to scratch. It is the perfect time to attend to the jobs you’ve been putting off!
  • If you’re filling the Esky, make sure you have adequate ice to keep the drinks cold!
  • Service your air-conditioning system to keep it functioning well ahead of hot summer nights.
  • Get medical appointments sorted, and keep medications on hand before medical practitioners close for the year.  
  • Check Christmas lights and tree. Make sure the lights don’t overload and trip the circuit.
  • Consider having a pest professional treatment for ants and other pests.  
  • Think about a plan to minimise flies ahead of the big day. Make sure fly screens are intact etc.
  • Ensure the car is up-to-date with servicing ahead of any road trips.
  • Keep cooked bones and chocolate away from pets. Many vets can attest to chocolate poisoning in dogs this time of year.
  • Clean the pool/ check the pool filter if you have one. Make sure the pool fence is secure.
  • Make your home smell enticing for guests. You don’t need artisanal expensive candles to make your home inviting. A simple trick is to place home made fragrances, (think condiments, spices, even fruit) into a saucepan, cover with water and leave to simmer away.  Theses natural aromas will make your home smell like Christmas! Just make sure to keep an eye on the pot and top up the water accordingly. A good Christmassy combo is orange peels, apple slices, cinnamon, and start-anise.
  • Lastly, stay safe and keep your wits about you. It is a scary thought, but Christmas is a prime time for home break-ins. Make sure your home is secure to prevent break ins, (apart from Santa of course).

This year has been challenging for many of us. We think a well-deserved break with loved ones is in order! Organising the biggest date of the year is much more simple with some early planning. Whatever your plans, the team at Gutter-Vac wish you a safe and happy festive season!

What about the gutters on your investment property?

Having your gutters cleaned can be a property maintenance task that is easily overlooked or simply forgotten.  How often do you look up at the gutters on your home and wonder when was the last time they were cleaned or is there anything in my gutters?

We all know that having your gutters cleaned is an essential property maintenance task because blocked gutters followed by a heavy rainfall can lead to potentially disastrous water damage to your home.

So the question is, if we often overlook or forget to look up and think about our gutters on our own home, what about the gutters on your investment property?  They are not something you see every day so will be even easier to overlook than those on your own home.

We service many investment properties for our customers.  The thing they love most, other than that we can take care of the gutters effectively and efficiently, that we are fully insured or that we can provide a tax invoice for claiming this expense on their investment property, our customer love that we can remind them when the next gutter cleaning service is needed.  It means not having to try and remember that the gutters need to be cleaned, we can take that off your mind and simply send a text or email when the next service is due.

When was the last time you had your gutters on your investment property cleaned?  Give us a call on 1300 654 253 and enter the postcode of where the investment property is and you will be put through to the local franchisee which is great for those that have investment properties interstate or simply not down the road from where they live.  Get the same great service nationwide.