The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the excitement of hosting loved ones and making memorable moments together. If you have an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), it provides a unique space for your guests to relax and enjoy. But, to ensure they have a delightful stay, you'll need to make some preparations. Here are some contractor-approved tips to get your ADU ready for the festive season.
Start with Safety Checks:
Ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.
Check that all exit routes are clear and easy to access.
If you have heating appliances, make sure they’re in good working condition. No one wants a surprise chill!
Update Comfort Amenities:
Invest in good quality bedding. New sheets, comfortable pillows, and an extra blanket or two can make all the difference.
If your ADU doesn’t have central heating, consider space heaters. Ensure they're safe and used with caution.
Stock the bathroom with essentials: Fresh towels, soap, shampoo, and perhaps a little holiday-scented candle for that extra touch.
Tackle Repairs and Maintenance:
Inspect the ADU for any damages or needed repairs. From leaky faucets to creaky floors, get those little issues fixed.
Ensure that all doors and windows seal properly to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
Add a Dash of Festivity:
Simple decorations like wreaths, string lights, or holiday-themed cushions can make the ADU feel more welcoming and in tune with the season.
If space allows, a small Christmas tree or a menorah can light up the space wonderfully.
Kitchen & Dining Preparations:
If your ADU has a kitchenette, stock it with basic essentials. Think coffee, tea, sugar, and some holiday snacks.
Ensure the dining area, even if it's just a small table, is clean and equipped with utensils and dinnerware.
Personalize the Space:
Considering who's coming can help. For instance, if you’re hosting a family with a baby, a crib might be appreciated. For older guests, perhaps a reading lamp and some magazines or books.
A small welcome note or basket with treats adds a heartfelt touch.
Ensure Good Connectivity:
If your ADU has Wi-Fi access, leave the password clearly written for your guests. This allows them to stay connected with their own plans, stream a holiday movie, or play festive songs at will.
If your ADU has an outdoor space or entrance, ensure it's well-lit and safe to navigate. Maybe add a small festive doormat or a string of lights to brighten up the entrance.
Hosting during the holidays is as much about creating a warm ambiance as it is about ensuring comfort and safety. With a little planning and effort, your ADU can be the perfect holiday haven for your guests. Happy hosting and happy holidays!