Planning a trip in the near future? If you want to enjoy your holiday to the fullest, be sure concerns about your empty home don’t ruin your experience. There are several things you can do before you take off on your trip that will help keep your home safe and make your return from your vacation go smoothly. Use these tips to get everything in shape at home before you leave so you can enjoy a worry-free travel experience.
While you’re away on your trip, you won’t be using any electronics at home. For that reason, it’s always smart to turn off all devices before you leave, such as your computer, DVD player, cable box, Wi-Fi router, and television. Anything you plug in continues to drain a small amount of energy, even when it’s turned off. You should also unplug some of your other appliances, such as toasters, to protect against power surges. Don’t forget to adjust your thermostat as well; you can keep your home at temperatures that will require less heating or cooling to save on energy costs.
Have Your HVAC System Serviced
Speaking of thermostats, it’s wise to have your HVAC system checked before you leave on a trip. If something were to go wrong while you’re away, the problem could become much worse by the time you come home and discover it. For example, if the furnace gave out during your winter getaway, you could come back and find that your pipes have frozen. Annual HVAC technician visits are recommended anyway, so you may as well schedule yours before your trip so you can enjoy greater peace of mind while you’re away.
Tackle Household Chores
Coming home to a dirty house is never fun. After your trip, you’ll be so tired that the last thing you’ll want to do is take care of a long list of chores. Get your household tasks out of the way so you can come back to a nice clean house after your trip. Tidy up the clutter around the house, and do some vacuuming and dusting. Clean the fridge, and make sure to toss any food that will go bad before your return. Do your laundry so you have clean clothes to wear when you get back.
Get a House Sitter
If you’ll be gone for more than a day or two, ask a friend to stop by to check on your home. He or she can collect your mail, water plants, feed the cat, and do other small tasks while there. This is a great deterrent for theft, and it also gives you the peace of mind knowing that someone is keeping an eye on the house and can alert you if anything is amiss. If you don’t have a friend who’s able to help out, find a reputable local business that can provide this service for you.
Make sure your home is safe and sound while you’re away by following this pre-travel checklist. These simple steps will also make your return to your home sweet home that much sweeter.
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