Holidays are magic. People connect, give to others, volunteer their time, and reflect on all the good in life. Kids drink in the spirit of Christmas and fuel its wonder. Communities are lit up, and homes fill with heavenly aromas. For the most part, the very best of us comes out during the holiday season. It is no wonder many people say it is the most wonderful time of the year. And we all know there is one symbol that helps embody all these things. Santa! There are a few key things you can do to make sure your home is ready for the big guy.

The very first step in preparing for Santa’s arrival is the roof. After all, a safe space for the sleigh and reindeer is vital for their landing. Loose shingles and nail pops need to be eliminated. Also, make sure the roof is clear of debris, and all decorations are secured. Nobody wants Santa to trip and fall as he carries his bag full of gifts. Repair any missing mortar to prevent loose bricks and secure the chimney cap to eliminate water damage. This will help Santa ease his way down the chimney. 

Now, if you have a fireplace, that is the next step in paving the way down the chimney for the red suit. Check for excessive soot and creosote buildup. Creosote is the substance left behind when burning wood in a chimney. This substance is highly flammable and should be cleaned regularly. Another common find is debris. Often, the chimney will have a buildup of leaves and other organic materials. All this needs to be cleared away in order to create a clean entry for those black boots. Everyone knows he needs to keep his legendary beard nice and clean.

If you need a chimney scope before the stockings are hung, our inspectors are here to help. RHI can confirm that all the components of your chimney are working properly. Your inspector will examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney with a specialized camera to confirm that the integrity of the structure is sound. We don’t want to give Kris Kringle any reason to pass over your house. 

If you do not have a fireplace, clearing all outside pathways would be wise. Make sure any holiday decorations are not blocking these areas. Also, lighting in these spaces is key to prevent any tripping or falling accidents. Make sure your front stoop is not leaning toward your house. Ice could build up and create a slippery area. Santa can’t afford to throw his back out on such an important night. 

Once Santa is finally in the home, you will want to make sure the tree is accessible. It also needs to be the optimal height for perfect present placement. Make sure outlets are not overloaded with lights. You don’t want any fires, and Santa doesn’t want a singed beard. Don’t forget to put out the milk and cookies and some carrots for the reindeer too! We hear Santa loves cookies that were decorated just for him. Reindeer love carrots, but don’t mind a few cookies too.

Waiting for Santa to arrive can be magical. You can help make sure all goes smoothly on your stop. Clear all outside and inside areas so they are readily accessible. Make sure any repairs are completed so there are no safety issues. And don’t forget the cookies and milk and some carrots for the reindeer too. Santa has one heck of a busy night, and he will take all the help he can get. If you need any help prepping for his landing, RHI is here to help! Happy holidays from our home to yours and we hope Santa finds you!