Summertime is one of the best seasons to get away for a vacation where you can unwind, relax and forget about your everyday worries. However, it can also be a time when your home is susceptible to unforeseen dangers that can end up costing you time and money, not to mention the added stress. Coming home from a trip to find that something has gone wrong can be both frustrating and heartbreaking, but if you prepare your home ahead of time you may not have to worry about the safety of your home while you are away.
1. Ask for Help
Unless you have a sophisticated alarm system in place, it is not always possible to keep a close eye on your property while traveling. Instead, you may want to consider asking for help from a neighbor. See if someone near you minds checking in on the house periodically just to make sure everything seems all right. If you have pets, you might need to hire a pet sitter to feed and play with your animals, and you can ask the sitter to let you know if something looks amiss.
2. Request a Maintenance Check
Household appliances, including furnaces and air conditioning units need to be properly maintained in order to function safely. It may not be wise to leave your home for an extended period of time without first having a professional perform a regular maintenance check. He or she can correct any potential problems, and you can feel secure knowing that there is one less thing to worry about.
3. Unplug Appliances
You don’t need to leave your TVs, radios or computers plugged in while you are on vacation. Not only can these electronic devices leave you with an expensive power bill, but they can also increase your risk of fire. If you are planning to be gone for more than a week, you may even want to shut of the water to your home to avoid floods from toilets, the dishwasher, the water heater or the washing machine.
4. Keep it to Yourself
While you may be extremely excited about your travel plans, it is best not to share them with the world. Posting about being gone before you leave on social media can be dangerous, since you can never be sure who can see your posts, even if your privacy settings are in place. Wait until you return to begin sharing those vacation photos.
You shouldn’t have to spend your summer holiday distressing about the safety of your home. With these tips you can have peace of mind and enjoy your time away.