Holiday Prep: Get The House Ready For GuestsTim Mossholder via UnsplashBY HOMEADVISOR

From cleaning up everything fall left behind to hanging twinkly lights, there are a few things you have to do each year to get your house ready for the holidays. Especially if you’re hosting guests.

Already stressed? Don't be. Here's a simple list of things to cover and just how much it'll cost to hire a few helping hands to get it done painlessly.

Do A Deep Clean
If you've been putting off a deep clean all fall, there's probably a nice layer of dust covering a couple surfaces in your home. Or maybe more than a couple. But good news: You can schedule a one-time cleaning with a pro if you don’t have the time (or energy) to do it yourself. A cleaning session with a professional service costs an average of $165, and you can learn ways to cut down on costs and get the most out of your service here.

Get The Yard In Good Shape
The easiest thing to do first is removing the leaves from your lawn to get things looking neat. Depending on the size of your yard, hiring someone to help out is usually by far the easiest way to go. Just removing leaves has an average cost of $329, but a local lawn care specialist can also help winterize garden beds, trees, and shrubs — and he can give you a more itemized list of services that may save on costs.

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Clean The gutters
The next not-so-easy task is cleaning the gutters and downspouts clogged with all those fall leaves. The average cost to get your gutters cleaned is $146, but it’s hard to pass up hiring a pro if you consider costs that could come with an injury associated with breaking out the ladder yourself.

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Deck Those Halls
This is the fun part! When it comes to holiday lighting, it makes sense to start inside and work your way out. A pro holiday helper can help with everything from lighting on trees to mantels, wreaths, and even banisters on the interior of your home. Then you can task them with scaling the side of the house and making your house glow bright enough for the rest of the block to see. Local lighting experts can also tackle pathways, bushes, and another ground lighting. They can even create a fun motif if you have a vision of a Winter Wonderland stuck in your head.