Deborah Deschamps' Blog
Once you have booked a trip to go away for awhile, you’re probably filled with excitement. Depending upon how long you’ll be away, there are a few things that you’ll want to do to get your home ready for your absence. The tips below can help you with everything from security and safety to saving some money on your utility bills.
Turn Off The Water
You don’t want to risk having a leak flood your home while you’re gone away on vacation. This is especially important if you’re going to be gone longer than a week. Homeowners insurance does cover water damage that occurs due to these types of leaks, but who want to deal with that after a relaxing vacation? Take precautions ahead of time before you go.
Stop Your Mail
The post office will hold your mail for free. Don’t risk letting people know that you haven’t been home for a few days by letting mail pile up in the box. Worse, if any packages come, it could be an invitation for them to get stolen. It only takes a few minutes to put the precaution of mail holding into place.
Put Your Lights On A Timer
A dark house is an invitation for thieves to come on in. You can deter burglars by putting your lights on a timer, allowing some activity to be seen from outside the home. A timer can even be set for different times during both the day and night.
Unplug Everything You Can
Aside from the time and a few lights, you can save on your energy bill by unplugging your electronics while your away. This includes toasters, computers, televisions, and microwaves. This is also a good safety precaution as well just in case an electrical fire were to happen while you’re gone.
Turn Down (Or Up) The Thermostat
Depending on the time of year that you go away, you’ll want to adjust your thermostats accordingly. Since no one will be in the house, there’s no need for freezing cold air conditioning or high heat. If you’re heading out on vacation in the winter, you’ll want to keep the heat on at a minimum temperature to help avoid pipes freezing and undue damage to your home.
Seal Up Your Food
When you head out on vacation, you might not be too concerned about the food you already have opened in your home. Pests will love to feast on it while you’re away! Be sure that you close up any food that’s open and get rid of anything that can spoil. This means discarding old produce, throwing away opened bread and pastries that can spoil and seal up cereal and cracker boxes tightly. This will ensure that you don’t have any unwanted house guests once you return home from your trip.