Help your customers get their homes holiday ready

Most of us are hosting or going somewhere for the holidays. Whoever gets the honor of hosting family and friends also gets the headache of figuring out how to get their home ready. 

Offer your customers holiday-ready projects so they can truly be the host with the most this holiday season. 


The kitchen is the heart of the home. Here, memories are made and people are fed. Make sure your customers’ holidays don’t turn sour by offering maintenance checks or upgrade on key parts of the kitchen. Here is a list of kitchen items you can offer to check for your customers. 

Kitchen checklist

Working exhaust fan that is vented to the exterior of the building

GFCI protection for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink(s)

Dishwasher: drains properly, no leaks, baskets, door spring operates properly

No leaks in pipes under sinks

Floor in cabinet under sink solid, no stains or decay

Water flow in sink adequate

No excessive rust or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes

Built-in appliances operate properly

Cabinets in good condition: doors and drawers operate properly


If the kitchen is the heart of the home, well, you can guess what the bathroom is. Ensure your customers don’t face bathroom-related disasters during the holidays. Offer to do these checks: 

Bathroom checklist

Adequate flow and pressure at all fixtures

Sink, tub and shower drain properly

Plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in good condition

If sink is metal, it shows no signs of rust, overflow drain doesn’t leak

Toilet operates properly

Toilet stable, no rocking, no stains around base

Caulking in good condition inside and outside of the tub and shower area

Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid

No stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower


Since we’re in for a cold winter, most of your time is going to be spent inside between snowball fights. Homeowners want to wow their guests with a beautiful living space. Offer these checks: 

Interior checklist

Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level

No stains on floors, walls or ceilings

Flooring materials in good condition

No significant cracks in walls or ceilings

Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly

Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, no broken hardware

Paint, wall covering, and paneling in good condition

Wood trim installed well and in good condition

Lights and switches operate properly

Adequate number of three-pronged electrical outlets in each room

Electrical outlets test properly

Evidence of adequate insulation in walls

Fireplace in good shape and working properly


We’re told to not read a book by its cover, but we definitely do that with homes. Give your homeowners the curb appeal of their dreams by offering to check to see if these items need servicing: 

Exterior checklist

Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials

Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay

Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints, no broken, spalling or flaking components

Stucco: no large cracks

Vinyl or aluminum siding: no dents, damage, no bowing or loose siding

No vines on surface of structure

Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters

No stains on exterior surfaces

There are way more parts of a house that need to be checked for maintenance. This is just scratching the surface. Hearth has a top-to-bottom home checklist. Download it below. 

How to get these jobs

Checklists are great and all, but how are you going to get these jobs? 


Call the customers you’ve had great experiences with in the past 18 months. Ask them if they’ll be hosting for the holidays this year. Offer to come by their home and check if they need any maintenance or upgrades before the holidays arrive. 

Social media and promotion

People love a deal. Advertise and post on social media that you’ll do a free home inspection before the holidays. This can open the door for new customers that are scared of not being holiday-ready. 


Share the list above with your network. Ask them if they find anything they can pass along to you, you’ll do the same for them. 

Offer financing

Your customers might not have the money right now to invest in their homes. Holiday presents often take top priority. Financing helps them get the project funded quickly instead of having to wait to save up enough money. They can pay their loan in affordable monthly payments, and you get the cash now. Hearth can help you do that. 

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