How to Tackle Holiday Clean-Up

The holidays are a special time of year for most, filled with merry festivities, time spent with friends and family, time off and travel. What’s not to love? The clean-up, that’s what!

When it’s finally time to confront taking down the decorations, here are a few ways to simplify the task, preserve your holiday decor, and stay safe in the process, courtesy of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Enlist the whole family. The onus for ‘de-decorating’ shouldn’t be placed on the shoulders of one person. Get the whole family involved with age-appropriate tasks, with one person removing ornaments from the tree and carefully packaging them, another taking down lights, and someone else gathering miscellaneous items, like garlands and trinkets.

Start at the bottom. When taking ornaments off the tree, start at the bottom and work your way up to avoid knocking ornaments off in the process.

Handle broken ornaments safely. If you do encounter a broken glass ornament, remember that it’s sharper than you think. Wear gloves when removing it, and place it in a box, not a plastic bag, for disposal; the sharp edges can tear the bag.

Work at the right level. To avoid accidents, work at or below shoulder height.

Use ladders properly. When using ladders, be sure to set it on a level, balanced surface, and have someone hold it.

Have many boxes, not a couple. Store items in several, manageable boxes that are easy to lift and carry, as opposed to a couple of giant ones. Your decoratives will be better protected, and you’ll avoid injury trying to handle a box that’s cumbersome and too heavy.

Remove real trees carefully. If you have a real tree, place a sheet underneath it to control falling pine needles, and use a turkey baster to remove excess water from the stand. You can then use the sheet to drag your tree outside. Remember that pine needles are dangerous to children and pets, so vacuum any strays as soon as possible.

Buy a container for your fake tree. Don’t store artificial trees in the box they came in – cardboard wears down over time and won’t protect your tree from water damage. Invest in a sturdy plastic container instead.

Organize lights. Store each strand of lights separately in a bag or box to avoid damage, and to make untangling a whole lot easier next season.

Label away. Finally, be sure to label every item on the outside of its container so you know what’s what next year. Or number the boxes and keep a corresponding inventory list in a handy spot.

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

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Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

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My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

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Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

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Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

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Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

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Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

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Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

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