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8 Tips to Help Take Your Football Watch Parties to the Next Level

The fall means football for many people and for others, it means a new season of television. Whatever the reason, the fall is watch party season. Here are a few tips to make your next gathering with friends around a television the best watch party possible.

 

  • What would a watch party be without a television? The price for a 4K television has gone down dramatically since their introduction so if you need an updated set consider a 50-inch Samsung for under $700 or if your budget is a little bit bigger get a Sony 75-inch Ultra HD for just north of $2,500.

 

  • Now that you have a beautiful big screen television for all to enjoy, consider what the game or show is going to sound like. Amplifying the sound with a complete surround sound speaker system from LG or go a little simpler with a sound bar from Samsung.

 

  • With all of the audio and video in place make sure it’s all working properly. Most people won’t be able to resist the temptation of checking in and posting to social media so make sure your wifi is included in the check of electronics, especially if you are streaming the game or show.

 

  • Have your house professionally cleaned so your home will feel inviting and your guests can be comfortable. The outside of your home is included in cleaning your house. This primes your house to be decorated for the watch party.

 

  • Depending on the size and budget of your watch party it might be wise to consider having the event catered with a buffet or themed food for a television show. A bartender can also make a simple watch party feel like an event. If catering and a bartender are a little much, have food on hand that is easy to eat and keep all of the food and drinks in one location so people know where to go when they get the munchies.

 

  • Watch parties usually include alcoholic beverages and if you are planning to serve liquor at your party it’s important to know the liability of doing so in each state. Most states hold the host liable for whatever happens behind the wheel once guests leave a party. It would also be a good idea to have a space where those too intoxicated to drive can spend the night.

 

  • Not everyone will want to stay in the same room so have the game or show on in different locations is always a good idea. Perhaps one television is in a quieter space for those not wanting the yelling and screaming that often coincides with watching a game for many football fans. If possible consider preparing an outdoor space to be the secondary watch party location.

 

  • Make sure that all of your plumbing is functioning properly. Guests will need a restroom to use during the watch party and you don’t want people to have to wait in line or even worse, use a broken restroom. It’s also a great idea to have your heating and air conditioning system professionally maintained. Having a house full of people watching the big game or a watch party for a television is no time to have your system not working properly.

 

Your team may not win or your favorite character may be written out of a show but with these easy steps you can host a watch party your friends will be talking about for seasons to come.

Spring Maintenance Tips for the Home

Springtime seems to be the time that everything starts happening—the sun is up longer, the temperature starts heating up, and we start to be more active. It’s also a time for cleaning and maintenance around the home to recover from winter and look its best for the year.

Outside the Home:

  • Examine your roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged from winter storms. This is also a good time to inspect your roof for any signs of possible leaks and to decide if it’s time to start saving for a new roof.
  • After checking out the roof shingles, check the exterior of your chimney for any damage, then remember to call a certified chimney sweep so they can inspect and clean out your chimney flue.
  • While you have the ladder out, go ahead and clean out the gutters and check for any loose or leaking gutters. Ensure that downspouts drain away from the foundation of your home and are cleaned out as well.
  • Clean out your dryer vent to avoid a house fire and save you money (it’ll help your dryer work more efficiently).
  • Inspect the paint job on your house—if there’s any cracked or peeling paint, do a touchup (or consider repainting the house a new color).
  • Call Air Specialist and take advantage of their Spring Tune-Up Special to have your air conditioning unit serviced. Routine maintenance will help your air conditioning perform at its optimum, more efficiently, and can save you money in the long run.

The Yard:

  • Check for any low laying areas in your yard that might need to be filled in with compacted soil.
  • Check any hoses kept outside for dry rot and any faucets for freeze damage. Smart tip from HGTV: Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening—if you can stop the flow of water, there could be a pipe inside the home that is damaged and will need to be replaced.
  • Warped, loose or splintered boards on your deck/patio can be a safety issue, so check that all of your boards are still intact and attached, then consider sweeping and/or power washing your deck. If you have a few dry days, consider staining and resealing the wood (or if it is composite decking, follow the manufacturers’ recommendations).

Inside the Home:

  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils with the vacuum hose and a brush to remove dust from the coils—that dust coats the coils and makes your refrigerator work harder to keep cool.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. A good way to remember to do this routinely is to do so when you change your clocks twice a year—for daylight savings time.
  • Bob Vila recommends checking your attic for any new colonies of insects or critters, as well as any mold that might have formed. (If you see any gray or black blotches, that might be mold that needs to be removed.
  • If you’re using a standard thermostat, consider a programmable thermostat to help keep your home comfortable while saving energy and money this summer. Talk with a specialist at Air Specialist about the benefits of a thermostat from Honeywell.

Taking the time now will allow you to enjoy your home and yard throughout the warmer months!