A fun-filled vacation can quickly turn into a disaster if you have to return home for problems that you could have avoided if you had planned your escape thoroughly. Don’t let the excitement blind you to possible risks and be certain to smartly prepare your home for a long-haul vacations. How? Let’s explore…
While this may sound boring to some of you, a bit of cleanup will pay off when you come back home from your trip. Try to get all of your routine house chores done before leaving so you won’t have to keep worrying about having to do them once you get back home.
For instance, you can vacuum carpets, do your laundry, dispose the garbage and clean the bins to avoid the spreading of germs. In addition to that, you can also pour some disinfectant liquid in toilet bowls to prevent bacteria buildup.
Put Regular Services on Hold
A pile of mail and newspapers scattered outside your home is a clear sign of an empty home. This is why it’s important that you must suspend your mail and newspaper service at least three to four days prior. Noticeably, you can either put your mail services on a hold or can also opt for a ‘forward’ option. Also, ask your neighbors to monitor newspaper drops as many times they keep on delivering even after you stop them.
Turn Your Refrigerator Off
Your fridge is one household appliance that consumes a lot of energy. Thus, it is suggested to turn it off if you’re going on a long vacation. Use, donate or give away all the stored food that’s placed inside your fridge. Also, make sure to clean and unplug your refrigerator and place an open packet of baking soda inside to absorb unwanted odors and also to prevent the growth of mold.
Did you know your home appliances continue to consume energy even when they’re not in use? How about giving them a break while you’re enjoying yours? Whether it’s your dishwasher or a coffeemaker, make sure to unplug all appliances in your house to save energy. Also, be certain to switch off ACs and heaters. Today, a lot of home appliances come with vacation mode, so make sure to turn it on as it will help you save a lot on your next month’s utility bills.
Your washers and sinks don’t require water when you’re not at home. Even if you don’t see any noticeable leak in your home right now, it’s still better to avoid the risk. Always turn off the main water supply before leaving for your holidays as it can make your entire home flooded in no time.
While turning off all the lights may seem like a profitable solution, it can make the job of the thieves and burglars easier while you’re away. Instead of turning off all the lights, try to use timers. Also, invest in motion sensors for outdoor lighting and porch.
Apart from using timers and ensuring you lock up all the front and rear doors and windows, do take some extra security measures to keep problems at bay while you’re enjoying your vacations. Keep your valuables at safe and unusual places preferably kitchen or bathroom in an unnoticeable box or container. Also, check the smoke and safety alarm system to ensure they’re working properly. Lock your car inside your garage and inform your friendly neighbors that you’re going for a vacation. Also, provide them with your contact details so that they can easily reach you if need be.
Holidays are meant to be relaxing, but if you don’t plan well, you can end up having a troublesome experience instead. Just use these simple and effective tips to make your home ready for holidays and you’ll definitely have a wonderful time.