Nothing is better than taking a long-deserved vacation and being able to wind down in your favorite happy place. Whether you opt for the beach, the mountains or sightseeing beautiful landscapes, you still need to prepare and protect your house while you are on vacation. Here are some useful tips to prepare for your upcoming vacation.
Why is it important to prepare your house prior to leaving on vacation?
Going on vacation is a fun experience. If you worry about what might be happening at your house, it can take the fun out of your vacation. If you prepare your house before you leave, you can reduce the risk of any issues that could occur. The longer you will be away, the more preparation you need to do to keep your home safe. And doing so will give you the peace of mind knowing you most likely won’t return to any problems.
Tips to help you prepare your home for vacation
Schedule your HVAC maintenance
If you know you are going on a long vacation, schedule your annual maintenance to happen before you leave. That way you know your system has been professionally inspected and that it is running smoothly.
Ensure your yard is free of damaging debris
Summer is a time of severe thunderstorms that can down trees and blow large debris around your yard. The best way to avoid problems in the event a storm comes through while you are away is to remove anything that could cause harm to your external HVAC components. These include garden tools, toys, patio furniture, branches and other objects that the wind can turn into a projectile.
Reset the thermostat
Temporarily adjust the thermostat so the air-conditioner won’t waste energy by running in an empty house. A typical recommended thermostat setting for summer is a range of 70-80˚F. While you’re away, you can set your system higher than normal to avoid unnecessary cooling. Hopefully you have a programmable thermostat that enables you to set the right temperatures for various times of the day.
Plus if you can afford it, get one of the new systems that allow you to set your HVAC from your smartphone. This way you can monitor the temperatures at home and adjust your system accordingly.
Prepare your pets and your house
If you have pets, make sure your pet sitter has a key and knows any special needs they may have. Keep the house comfortable for them. The AC does not need to be too cool, especially if you have a basement that stays cooler. Your pet sitter can also function as a house sitter and bring in the mail, water plants and alert you to issues that may arise.
If you don’t have pets, you may want to hire a house sitter. They can keep a watch on your home for issues and make it look like someone is living there.
Install a security system
There are many home security systems available on the market today. Choose one that gives you remote monitoring of your lighting, appliances, HVAC and notifies you if something changes. If you tend to worry a lot, this might be the best purchase you can make.
Many appliances draw electricity even when not in use. Plus a good electrical storm can knock out everything from computers to televisions to small appliances. Unplug anything that is not a lamp on a timer or part of your alarm system. This includes computers, televisions, coffee makers, microwaves and other appliances that are always on.
Enjoy your vacation
There certainly is more you can do if you are taking a vacation for more than 2 weeks. However, this list will help you enjoy that free time and eliminate the worrying. Create a checklist of all items you need to deal with and run through it before you leave.