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A holiday dinner can turn into a disaster if things aren’t running smoothly around the house.

Experts say now is the time to take a few steps to keep that from happening.

If your oven is not working properly and you don’t find out until Thanksgiving morning, it may send you into a panic.

Experts warn that you should run a test in the next couple of weeks.

Angie Hicks, founder of ‘Angie’s List,’ said, “And the easiest way to do that is to buy a cake mix from the grocery store and cook it exactly according to the instructions.”

Hicks has used the cake in the oven test herself over the years.

She said, “And if it comes out under-cooked or over-cooked, you’ll find if your temperature is off, which it’ll be important to get fixed before you make a turkey.”

Also, getting a repairman to come out now will be easier and probably cheaper.

Experts say you should also check all the other appliances.

Plus, you should ensure that all the plumbing is working properly in the house.

You may also want to find out from those on your guest list whether they have allergies to pets or certain foods, so you can adjust accordingly.

Finally, don’t skip over the television.

Hicks said, “You don’t want to be left where you have everyone scattered around the television for the game and it’s not set up right or it’s not working.”

She stresses that it also needs a test between now and Thanksgiving.