Whip out the chips, dip and soda: it’s time for a viewing party!

Get ready for your guests: Rearrange furniture to avoid crammed spaces and be sure to create a clear pathway to the bathroom or snack table. If you choose to move your television, make sure that the cord is not stretched too far as it could pose as a tripping hazard. Stay on top of what the weather forecast will be. If the forecast is calling for snow, be proactive and shovel and salt your sidewalks to avoid slips and falls.

Let your neighbors know. If you reside in a condo or an apartment building, be sure to let your landlord know that you’ll be expecting company. Nobody likes too much noise and you definitely don’t want to receive a noise complaint. It really puts a damper on the party!

Test your tech. To avoid any mishaps or problems with your plans, make sure that you test your entertainment equipment before your guests arrive to ensure everything is functioning properly. Your guests will appreciate your proactiveness. Also, be sure that your router is secure to avoid the risk of being hacked. Having a secure password for your WiFi can ensure that your network remains private.

Prep your kitchen. Again, proactiveness is key when you’re hosting any event. If you plan to cook anything, especially for a lot of people, make sure that your cooking equipment is in good working order.

Know your host liquor liability. In most states, the host of any party is deemed responsible for what their guests end up doing when they get behind the wheel. Serve plenty of food for your guests and have non-alcoholic beverage options. If one of your guests has had too much to drink, do not hesitate to call an Uber.

Check with your insurance agent. Nobody likes to be in a situation where they thought their homeowners insurance policy covered something when that’s not the case. Give us a call at 301-948-2010 to review your homeowners insurance policy if you have any questions or concerns before your party begins.