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McKee Homes Golf Course Communities

Every year near the beginning of April, golf fans from around the world pay heed to a revered golf institution: The Masters Tournament. After watching an event as epic as The Masters Tournament, many golf aficionados find themselves day dreaming of living on, near, or adjacent to a quality golf course. They may even want the “country club” lifestyle. Buying a new home in a golf course community that accommodates this lifestyle is the first step toward making this dream a reality.

The Sandhills region of North Carolina is home to golf courses revered by professional and causal golf enthusiasts. Pinehurst, NC is known as “The Home of American Golf”, and the famous Pinehurst #2 course has hosted the US Open on several occasions.

McKee Homes has new home communities in the Sandhills that offer easy access to premium greens and resorts. If you’re looking for a new home community near professional level courses and country club amenities, McKee Homes has the golf course community for you.

Mid South Club:

Mid South Club is a serene gated community of 540 acres, located just 4 miles from the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst #2. The community features an Arnold Palmer signature golf course. This fantastic course was ranked by the NC Golf Panel as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in North Carolina, and #13 of the Top 50 Public or Semi-Private Courses in NC.

Eagle Point

The Eagle Point neighborhood of Mid South Club is a golf-lovers dream. Ideally situated between the 9th and 17th holes, Eagle Point homes offer views of the fairway just outside the back door. A natural lake (and water hazard) complete with nearby pine trees creates a scenic backdrop for this area.

Additionally, Eagle Point offers McKee Homes’ Epcon floor plan collection. These energy efficient open floor plans include upscale features. Stylish granite counter tops, designer cabinet hardware, and stainless steel appliances are all available at Eagle Point. Additionally, Epcon floor plans include wide interior doorways, private courtyards, and flat steps between indoor & outdoor spaces. These features make Ecpon floor plans ideal for anyone looking toward retirement while desiring an active golf filled lifestyle.

Palmer’s Preserve

One of Mid South Club’s newest communities, Palmer’s Preserve, features stunning lots overlooking the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes. These private and wooded interior lots, ranging from .25 – 1 acre, are nestled in a desirable cul-de-sac. Homes in Palmer’s Preserve feature McKee Homes’ Craftsman elevation, which creates a uniquely refined look.

Mid South Club memberships are available to residents for an additional annual fee, and include access to Mid South Club and Talamore resorts, the golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, and driving range. HOA fees include a private gate, 24 hour security, and private street & common area maintenance. Additionally, Mid South Club is located in Moore County close to west gates of Fort Bragg, making it convenient for active duty or retired golf enthusiasts.

Legacy Lakes

Legacy Lakes is a community located in Aberdeen, NC, just a short distance from Southern Pines and Pinehurst. It’s 400 acres offer ample pine trees, natural lakes, and the rolling fairways of its Jack Nicklaus Designed “Legacy Golf Links” course. Renovated in 2012, the playable yet challenging course has hosted an USGA National Championship. Additionally, The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club at Legacy Lakes offers six clay courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. Legacy Lakes is located in Moore County, NC, close to west gates of Fort Bragg.

McKee Homes Classic and Craftsman elevations are available in Legacy Lakes, which give the neighborhood a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Single and two-story floor plans are available, providing lifestyle options for families who have dreams of living near a golf course.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes also offers all the luxury, ease, and comfort of McKee Homes Epcon floor plans. Tucked away in a secluded loop, lots in the Preserve at Legacy Lakes are shaded by pine trees, feature fairway views, and offer Epcon living at an affordable price.

So, take the first step toward finding the new home and lifestyle of your dreams! Let the Masters Tournament be your inspiration. Visit our website at McKeeHomesNC.com or give us a call at 910-672-7296 and ask about our golf course communities.

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Benefits of a Shower with Separate Bathtub

The master bath is a major selling point for a home. After all, the master bath is a room that is likely to be used every day. It’s used in the morning to get ready for work, to clean up after a trip to the gym, to have relaxing soak after a hard day, and so much more. Because this room is used so often,  new home buyers will want to make sure the master bath suits their unique lifestyle and needs.

New home owners have many varying preferences when it comes to priorities for master bath suites. Some prefer an invigorating shower complete with multiple shower heads, a bench, and room to move. Others may prefer a large tub which can be filled with hot water and bubbles and allow for reclining to soak away stress.

In some master suites, showers and tubs are combined into one unit. In these units, one takes a shower while standing in the bath tub. This is quite functional, but certainly doesn’t convey a feeling of luxury. McKee homes offer luxurious master bath suites that include a shower with a separate bathtub or simply just a shower. So what is the right choice?

Benefits of a Single Shower

Having a separate tub and shower in the master bath of a new home might not suit some lifestyles. Not everyone wants or needs a bathtub in the master suite. To suit these lifestyles McKee homes offers floor plans that do not

Master Bath Suite

Master bath suite, with bathtub and shower with bench seating. Floor Plan Pictured: Clark European.

include a tub in the master suite, which allows for more space eliminates the need to clean a tub.

New home buyers with limited mobility may prefer a step-in shower, which is easier to access. A tub has high sides which will require a user to lift and bend the knee, but a step-in shower has a low lip that requires only a small amount of movement. Additionally, some McKee floor plans allow new home buyers to upgrade the shower to include bench seating – an upgrade that is not possible in a shower tub combo.

 

McKee Homes floor plans that offer a master bath suite with no tub that also include a linen closet and an enclosed toilet area.

Benefits of a Separate Bathtub

Benefits of a Separate Bathtub

With a shower having so many attractive qualities it’s easy to forget about the tub. However, a tub is perfect for new home buyers who enjoying a relaxing soak, and is great for large or growing

Bath Tub with Picture window

Bath Tub with Picture window, allowing for ample natural light.

families. Little ones can enjoy playing in a larger than average tub, and fur babies can also enjoy a bath.

Additionally, when a tub and shower are combined, a shower curtain or glass door must be installed. Shower curtains collect moisture and can mildew, making it more difficult to keep a tub clean. If the shower is separate, this is not an issue.

When you slide into the tub after a hard day’s work, you’ll know the tub is as clean as possible. Many McKee Homes floor plans also include a picture window above the tub, which allows for ample natural light during the day and star gazing from the comfort of your bath in the evening.

McKee Homes floor plans offer a separate bath and shower in the master suite, along with an enclosed toilet area, include:

For more information about McKee Homes floorplans and master bath options and upgrades, please view our downloadable floorplan PDF files or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Community involvement is important to McKee Homes, particularly when it involves new home construction. In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, McKee Homes sponsored and volunteered in the Fayetteville NC Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH)  annual Women Build event.

Building Awareness

Habitat for Humanity’s (HFHI) Women Build program “focuses on building and improving homes and raising awareness of affordable housing issues facing women and their families”. Women Build events accomplish this by teaching women new home building skills. These skills can

McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

better enable women to facilitate and complete construction repairs and projects. This year Team McKee Homes volunteered with an all women crew working on the interior of an HFHI new home. Working alongside the homeowner and other participants, Team McKee volunteers learned to install baseboards, door trim, and window trim.

One of Team McKee’s volunteers, Monica Cortes, is a builder with McKee Homes. Her years of experience in new home construction gave Team McKee unique insight on the project. Other McKee Homes volunteers had never installed trim and were eager to learn about cutting, fitting, and nailing trim properly. Additionally, the visit to a new home construction site exited McKee Homes volunteers, as some have worked in the new home construction industry for years but don’t often visit a job site.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Currently, FAHFH is working on a neighborhood revitalization effort just down the street from McKee Homes’ corporate headquarters in downtown Fayetteville, NC. This presented a special opportunity for McKee Homes to work on a project that impacts its own “neighborhood”. Neighborhood revitalization can have a transformative effect that helps improve the quality of life for everyone in an area.  These HFHI efforts provide a service not only for a neighborhood, but for a city at large.

McKee Homes support and shares HFHI’s vision of empowering women and building strong communities. HFHI hosts WomenBuild events all around the country, to include Raleigh, Moore County, and Wilmington, NC. For more details on HFHI Women Build events, contact your local Habitat for Humanity or visit www.habitat.org/volunteer/near-you/women-build.

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Housing Solutions for Military Families

In August of 2018, news organization Reuters published a series of articles covering apparent lapses in the oversight of living conditions in homes of military families. These allegations targeted private contractors commissioned to build and oversee maintenance of military housing developments. Among other issues, some homes allegedly had paint with high levels of lead, moisture issues and mold growth, and poor water quality.

Investigation & Review of Military Housing

A probe by the U.S. Congress determined these accusations were valid. As a result, all military housing operated by these private contractors is under review. If  a home is found to be unsafe, the family will need to relocate.

Among the effected installations is Ft. Bragg, which is just a short drive from McKee’s headquarters in downtown Fayetteville, NC. Nearly 6,500 homes serving those stationed at Ft. Bragg are under safety review. If forced to move, some families may choose to purchase a home instead of finding a rental property convenient to Ft. Bragg.

Housing Solutions for Military Families

For military families seeking available housing McKee Homes has many move-in ready options. Many McKee floor plans can accommodate growing families and are in communities near Ft. Bragg. Among the most convenient communities are Bedford, the Cottages at North Ramsey, Oakmont, and Sinclair.  Some of these communities offer homes starting from the low and mid $200,000s, as well as homes with 4+ bedrooms, single-story living, master suites on the first floor, and 2+ bathrooms.

With McKee Homes, the process of purchasing a new home is easy. If a McKee preferred lender is used quick closings are possible, and extra incentives on select homes may be available. For new homes and move in ready homes VA Home loans are easy to secure, may require no down payment, and have low closing costs. McKee Homes has a great deal of experience closing homes for service members and can accommodate special circumstances.

Additionally, McKee Homes can build specially adapted housing (SAH) and be ADA compliant.  The Department of Veteran Affairs offers SAH grants to veterans or service members who meet qualification standards. SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. McKee Homes has experience building specially adapted housing and is glad to answer any questions regarding these needs.

Finally, McKee Homes offers a home warranty which can help ease the minds of new home owners. All homes built by McKee come with a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty® (2-10 HBW), which offers 2 year systems and 10 year structural protection from the nation’s leading home warranty company.

Experience

Over the 9 years McKee Homes has been in building homes in Fayetteville, NC, proximity to Ft. Bragg has given McKee the privilege to help many veterans and their families purchase their perfect new home.  If you would like to tour a new home, give us a call at 910 672 7296 and schedule an appointment. We are always ready to help!

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Grand Opening: The McKee Homes Design Studio of Leland, NC

McKee Homes is proud to announce the grand opening of its Leland, NC Design Studio!

McKee Design Studio - Leland, NC

McKee Design Studio – Leland, NC. Located in Harrington Square.

Mayor of Leland Cuts Ribbon at McKee Design Studio Grand Opening

Mayor of Leland Cuts Ribbon at McKee Design Studio Grand Opening

To kick off the opening of the design studio, McKee Homes hosted a fun grand opening event at its new location. Harrington Square is a luxury residential and commercial development in Leland NC, located just 5 miles from Wilmington’s downtown waterfront. Dozens of guests filled the 2,125 sq. ft  space for a much anticipated first look at the unique studio. The Town of Leland’s mayor, Brenda Bozeman, was on site to commemorate the occasion by cutting the grand opening ribbon.

The theme of the evening was “Around the World”, with each area of the design studio having tasting stations set with a culinary theme from different areas of the world. As guests traveled around the studio, they were able to touch, see, and feel products and materials that are custom selections for McKee’s new homes. The open layout of the studio allowed guests to flow easily from one section to another while pausing to admire the coffee bar and stone wall electric fireplace. Many marveled at the variety of custom selections showcased: trendy navy and gray cabinet finishes, luxury stainless steel appliances, farmhouse sinks, and a glass vent hood. The wide selection of flooring, counter tops, backsplashes, and plumbing & cabinet fixtures impressed many guests who commented that there were so many options available.

Of course, the studio could not have been completed without McKee Homes’ expert design consultants. The team carefully considered each selection option and worked to design a space that would put customers at ease. While there are many options on display, the amount of selection doesn’t feel overwhelming. Rather, guests appeared delighted at the ability to compare so many options and see life size product.

Location

The new Leland design studio services all of McKee’s coastal NC neighborhoods to include Lanvale Forest, Winds Harbor, Clay Crossing, Cameron Trace, and Hanover Reserve. While the comfort and luxury of the design studio make the custom design process an enjoyable experience, it’s the location that is truly convenient. Now coastal NC customers are just a short drive from McKee’s one stop shop for custom selections. The design studio is open, and expert design consultants are available! Call today to schedule an appointment and begin planning the home of your dreams.

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McKee Homes Quick Move-In Sales Event

In recent years the need for new and affordable housing has grown exponentially. A recent analysis on new home construction by the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development showed that the demand for new housing was 10 times higher than the amount of housing available. Additional reports have placed new home construction starts at a sixty-year low.

Along with the housing shortage has come an increase in new home prices; Zillow recently reported an increase in home prices of approximately 7.6% over the past year. While this increase is not as drastic as in previous years, prices are still trending slowly upward. This, combined with the shortage of affordable housing, has made it more difficult for buyers in the market to find a bargain when looking for a new home.

Obviously, this bodes well for new home builders; it means that demand for new homes is high. However, budget conscious buyers may be feeling stressed over the lack of affordable homes. Additionally, the ever-present possibility that mortgage rates could rise puts pressure on buyers to purchase at the current rate to avoid paying more later.

Quick Move-In Homes: Available!

To counter these market issues, McKee Homes is kicking off 2019 with a Quick Move-In Sales Event. For Quick Move-In homes, the building process is complete. The stress that can accompany a new build is eliminated; there is no waiting on lot permits or worrying about bad weather conditions affecting construction. McKee’s Quick Move-In homes are gorgeously finished, spacious, located in beautiful neighborhoods, and ready for a family to move right in.

McKee Homes Quick Move-In sales event incentive offers vary by neighborhood and home. Select qualifying homes are eligible for $7,500 in incentives and buyers may be applicable for reduced mortgage rates when using a McKee preferred lender. To cap it off, some of these homes also qualify for an extra $5,000 in incentives. Additionally, these new homes are available now – What could be better?

The only thing more impressive than the incentives offered on Quick Move-In homes is the large selection available. McKee Homes has 30 neighborhoods throughout eastern North Carolina, and Quick Move-In homes are available in many of these neighborhoods. McKee Homes’ new home sales consultants are always available, happy to answer your questions, and ready to help find the best neighborhood and home for your family. Give us a call at 910-672-7296 today, and set a VIP appointment to view any of our beautiful homes.

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How does a government shutdown affect a new home mortgage loan?

The longest government shutdown on record has just ended but it could be reinstated within weeks. If you are in the process of securing a mortgage loan or plan on getting a mortgage loan soon, you can find useful information in this article to help you navigate through the home buying process during a government shutdown.

Conventional Loans

A government shutdown does not stop the loan process for the majority of new mortgages. Most mortgages are “conventional loans”, meaning the federal government is not the lender. Conventional loans include Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Administration (VA) loans. While federal agencies back qualified lenders for these loans in the event a borrower defaults, the federal government is not the lender. Conventional or not, some services needed to complete underwriting for mortgage loans is performed by federal agencies. During a government shutdown this could cause delays in closings but not postpone them indefinitely.

For a small amount of loans, such as direct loans issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal government acts as the lender. In these instances, all loan processes are completed by federal agencies. As a result, new USDA mortgage loans (direct and guaranteed) are not  issued during a shutdown. For individuals in the middle of the underwriting process with a USDA loan, there are many unknowns during a shutdown.

Flood insurance

When buying a new home subjects such as flood insurance and the federal government don’t immediately spring to mind. However, if a new home is in a high-risk flood zone (also known as a Special Flood Hazard Area) flood insurance protection is often required for the mortgage loan. For instance, FHA loans require flood insurance for homes located in these areas. Additionally, mortgage lenders have the burden of determining if coverage is required. As a precaution, some lenders require flood insurance in moderate or low risk areas. This affects the new mortgage process because most flood insurance is issued through the National Flood Insurance Program, which is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Just days before the shutdown began, FEMA announced it would not reauthorize use of the NFIP. However, on Dec. 21, 2018 the agency formally passed legislation to extend the NFIP through May 31, 2019.

IRS services and income verification

Most mortgage lenders submit an income verification request through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to verify income and give the lender confidence in the buyer’s purchasing power. The Income Verification Express Service (IVES) of the IRS was suspended temporarily in the early days of the shutdown, but was reinstated on January 7, 2019. A period of inactivity created a backlog of requests and cause delays in underwriting while lenders wait for income verification. This particularly affects loan seekers who are self-employed and without access to pay stubs or W-2 forms.

Federal Employees

The shutdown and furlough of federal employees means some new home buyers will not have the proof of income needed to complete a new mortgage loan. Fortunately, lenders eager to work with these employees can create solutions to help buyers in need.  For instance, in lieu of IRS income verification, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are offering a two-month mortgage payment cash reserve requirement. This allows buyers to skip income verification if they have enough cash reserves to cover two months of mortgage costs. Many other lenders are offering unique solutions, happy to answer questions regarding these options, and want to help alleviate stress surrounding a new home purchase during a shutdown.

In conclusion, a government shut down is unlikely to completely halt the new mortgage loan process, but there may be delays. While closing dates may be pushed back, the underwriting process is not at a standstill and will continue to function; though more slowly than normal. Additionally, lending options exist for federal employees and lenders are eager to assist in the process and answer questions.

 

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Granite or Quartz Counter Top

Granite and quartz counter-tops consistently rank as a top pick for new home buyer upgrades. It’s no wonder why; quartz and granite counter-tops add an element of luxury and style to any space. Quartz and granite run neck and neck in terms of popularity and price. Both are attractive, durable, and stain resistant. However, each has its own unique benefits that can determine which is best for a new home.

How are they made?

The main difference between quartz and granite composition; quartz counter-top material is ‘man-made’ while granite is organic.

Quartz is a naturally hard mineral and ranks at a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. When this rock is combined with resins and polymers to create a quartz slab for a counter, the result is a material comprised of 90% quartz. The process and materials used in making quartz counter tops qualify it as a ‘manufactured’ material.

In contrast, granite is a 100% natural and mined from quarries. Slightly less hard than natural quartz, granite requires mining, cutting, and polishing for use as a counter-top.

Color Options and Availability

Granite is a composite of mostly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. These different minerals give granite its signature appearance of varying colors and textures. Granite is available in a wide array colors that feel natural, eye catching, and stylish. This look is unique to granite; quartz is beautiful but doesn’t mimic granite’s trademark speckles and veining.

Regardless, quartz also offers many color options. Quartz can’t duplicate the look of granite, but can be pigmented and customized to suit a new home buyer’s desire. Additionally, the pigment in a quartz counter-top is more consistent than in granite. While a new home buyer might search many suppliers for a granite to suit their size and color needs, quartz is readily available.

Because granite is naturally occurring, the size and shape of available slabs isn’t predictable. This means a slab might be cut in uneven sizes in order to make it work for a specific counter. For new homes with unconventional or large spaces, it could be difficult to find granite. Conversely, quartz slabs are uniform in size and can be made to order if necessary.

Stain Resistance

Quartz counter-tops are essentially non-porous and resistant to stains, moisture, and bacteria. A 2018 stain test by Consumer Reports determined quartz exhibited 2% more stain resistance than granite. Granite is naturally more porous than quartz. This porous nature of granite makes it more likely to stain and retain bacteria and moisture. Because of this granite requires sealing on a regular basis. Quartz does not require sealing, giving new home buyers one less task to complete.

Damage

When it comes to being damage resistant both materials hold up well. Consumer Reports rated both materials as equal in terms of abrasion, heat, and impact resistance. However, because quartz counter-tops contain resin and polymers there is a chance very high heat could cause warping. While care should be used when placing hot items on either material, quartz may be more likely to warp under high heat.

The Conclusion

When compared head to head, there appears to be a tie between quartz and granite. New homeowners should consider their unique needs regarding stain and moisture resistance, durability, and availability of materials. No matter which material is selected, the result is sure to be beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: The McKee Homes Design Studio of Leland, NC

McKee Homes will soon have an exciting new option available in the coastal NC area; The McKee Homes Design Studio of Leland. Located at 2163 Britton Rd, Suite 1 in Leland, NC, the 2,125 sq. ft design studio offers new home buyers a convenient location to see and touch custom options for new homes.

Currently, McKee Homes operates a design center in Fayetteville, NC and makes every effort to accommodate buyers unable to travel to the area. In recent years, McKee Homes’ presence has significantly in the coastal NC market. The need for a design studio in the area has also grown and giving coastal NC customers a convenient local option was the natural “next step”. The new Leland, NC location will offer all McKee Homes customers an additional option for an interactive experience with selections when customizing their dream home.

McKee Homes offers multiple packages, features, and options for new home buyers. As a showcase of high-quality custom materials, the design studio will offer samples of counter tops, fixtures, cabinetry, flooring, and more. While decisions on options can be made without seeing each option in person, it isn’t ideal. This is why having a design studio close by is such a benefit. A visit to the design studio will allow hands-on experience with available options.

Having so many options is exciting, but can also make a buyer anxious. What if the wrong choice is made? Seeing and touching each option will give new home buyers extra peace of mind. Knowing each custom option will look exactly as it did in the design studio will help minimize construction process worries.

Making home selections shouldn’t be stressful; it’s an exciting time for a new home buyer! A McKee Homes expert design consultant will guide customers through the entire process. From choosing siding colors to selecting appliances, the design consultant will be by the buyer’s side. Additionally, consultants will answer all questions and make suggestions personalized to the buyer’s preferences and taste.

McKee Home’s knows the value of our customers’ time and wants to keep construction on schedule. Making custom selections within 14 days of signing a new home contract helps the construction process stay on schedule. The design studio will make this deadline easily achievable for coastal NC customers. Having a local studio for viewing custom options eliminates the hassle of traveling out of town. If more than one visit is necessary, the design studio is close by!

Don’t fret about timelines, dream home options, and final decisions. McKee Homes is here to make new home buying and customizing as easy as possible. The Design Studio of Leland is scheduled to open in early January 2019, and a special grand opening event will be announced soon. Stay tuned for details!

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7 Tips for a Safe & Hassle Free Holiday Get Together

The holiday season always presents an opportunity to hold get-togethers, make new memories, and celebrate traditions. These events offer the benefit of seeing friends and family but involve a large amount of preparation. Without a doubt, the days leading up to the event will be filled with an excess of cooking, cleaning, and decorating. However, in the fuss of gearing up for a holiday meal or party we often forget to prepare for safety and holiday hassles. When preparing for your holiday gathering, consider the following tips:

1.Don’t get burned by candles

Candles make beautiful holiday decor and can add special ambiance to a gathering. However, their beauty shouldn’t distract you from thinking of fire safety. When using candles, don’t place them in high traffic or reach-across areas. Additionally, avoid placing candles where they may be kicked, hit with an elbow, or anywhere near flammable materials. Instead of decorating your entire home with small candles, one large candle in a visible but out of the way area will work. Protective candle holders with high sides add an extra layer of safety, and can give you more peace of mind that using free standing candles. Don’t leave lit candles unattended; if you use candles during your holiday meal extinguish them before the last person leaves the table.

2.Get ahead of germs

No one wants to be sick during the holidays. Regardless, having visitors in your home means you’ll be exposed germs. Use antibacterial spray or wipes to clean all touch points in your home such as door knobs & door frames, drawer & cabinet pulls, light switches, faucets, and the refrigerator door handle. Additionally, sanitize commonly used devices like remotes, keyboards, and game controllers.

3.Avoid the sink

With the increase of traffic into your home during the holiday season, your kitchen sink is bound to be used more than normal. A garbage disposal is a wonderful machine, but has its limit. To avoid an emergency call to the plumber, have guests dump excess food into a double lined waste bin. If you want extra insurance against garbage bag leaks, line the bottom of the bin with old newspaper or paper grocery bags. Your pipes will thank you in the morning!

4.Prep your emergency cleaning kit

Like it or not, holiday spills are inevitable. Accidents are even more likely when your home is full of guests who don’t have enough elbow room at the table. Help prevent permanent damage to carpets, floors, and furniture by prepping an emergency holiday cleaning kit. Place extra cloths, carpet cleaner, and what you prefer to use for removing red wine/cranberry sauce in a bucket or basket. Add in a small dust pan, broom, and mop. Store this emergency kit in an easily accessible location. This will not only give you peace of mind, but it will save time when tackling spills. Additionally, others can quickly take charge of the cleaning if you’re not available.

5.Check cords

During the holiday season lights and extra small appliances can monopolize electrical outlets. Unfortunately, this means cords will run across high traffic areas, like walkways, and create trip hazards. Avoid potential injuries by purchasing cord covers beforehand or tacking/taping cords along base boards or the floor.

Using cords also means using electricity. To eliminate shock hazards, check cords for worn spots or exposed wires. Discard these, or treat appropriately with electrical tape.

6.Remember your pet

Holiday decorations are beautiful but can be dangerous for pets. If you have a pet that likes to chew, avoid glass decorations. Additionally, make sure to place decorations out of your pets reach and avoid decor that is small enough to pose a choking hazard.

Natural decor can also be dangerous for your pet. For example, poinsettia, holly berries, and pine tree needles may be harmful to pets. Use caution when placing these around your home.

7.Check outside

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside! Before guests arrive check porch hand railings to make sure they are secure. Additionally, clear your steps and porch of ice, clutter, and debris. Finally, check outdoor lighting; a well lit outdoor area allows tripping and slip hazards to be seen easily.