Getting ready to go on a long trip takes a lot of planning and preparation. From packing up all the belongings you’ll need to booking your flights and hotel rooms and even taking care of things at home, there’s almost an endless amount of chores and lists that need to be addressed. And without fail, there’s always something you missed or forgot that you don’t realize until it’s too late. To make sure that thing isn’t something you only find out about once you make it back home from your travels, here are three tips for preparing your home for an extended trip.
Setting the Right Temperature
When you’re at home, it makes sense to set your thermostat to a temperature in which you’ll be comfortable. But when no one is going to be home, the thermostat can and should be set to different limits. According to HGTV, resetting your thermostat so the heater or air conditioner doesn’t turn on as often can help you to conserve energy and have a smaller utility bill for the following month. Just make sure you keep your home warm enough so your pipes won’t freeze in the winter and cool enough that you don’t come home from a long vacation to a musty, sweltering house in the summer.
Protect Against Mother Nature
Depending on where you live, you’re going to have a few potential natural emergencies you may want to prepare your home against while you’re away. Especially if you’re supposed to be gone during the most intense part of the season, protecting your home against Mother Nature could save your possessions as well as your home’s integrity.
Rebecca Edwards, a contributor to Safewise.com, suggests securing any outdoor items that could be taken by strong gusts of wind, adding any insulation around your home as needed—including pipes and around windows—and double checking for any leaks that could cause flooding. It may also be a good idea to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor so they can check on your property if a storm or other natural disaster happens in your area.
Keep The Kitchen Clean
While those in your neighborhood can easily check to ensure the outside of your home is incident-free, making sure everything’s good on the inside isn’t quite as easy. Although you can install video monitoring, that can’t be expected to inform you about everything going on, especially when it comes to your kitchen.
If you have food left out or something sours, you could come home to a house rampant with pests or that smells to high heaven. To combat against this, Sue Doerfler, a contributor to USA Today, advises clearing out your kitchen of as much food as possible before you leave. This includes the cupboards, counters, refrigerator and freezer. While you won’t have much to eat when you return, at least you won’t have messes to clean up either.
The last thing you want at the end of your extended travels is to come home to an emergency you have to jump into immediately. To avoid this, use the tips mentioned above to prepare your home for your next long vacation.