Going on a vacation, especially overseas, is something that most people want as they just try to relax and take a break from day-to-day activities. However, it is really hard to enjoy yourself in the event you are really concerned about your home. This is particularly the case when the trip will last for a longer time.
Fortunately, there are some really simple things that you can do in order to enjoy that worry-free vacation you want and get the home ready for your trip.
Prepare The Home’s Exterior
This is the first thing you should do. Just walk around the property and see if there are some vulnerabilities, like loose fence panels or broken roof shingle. Fix everything that you find out of place and you are sure you will not have to deal with leaks or burglars entering the home because of an access point that is instantly visible.
Make sure that you clean the yard and you remove all items that are out of place. When a spa or a pool is present, just turn off heaters. However, the pump can be left running in order to avoid an algae buildup. Covers are recommended to avoid having a pool filled with debris and leaves as you get back home.
When you leave the car at home, make sure it is inside the garage and disconnect its battery so that drainage is avoided. In the event just street parking is available, leave the key with someone you trust so it can be moved if an emergency happens.
Prepare The Home’s Interior
Obviously, you want to triple check every single window and door before you leave. However, this is not enough. Make sure that you go through every single room in order to figure out if there is a problem or not. Pay close attention to the plumbing system. If there is any possibility that there is a leak or you hear weird sounds, contact plumbers in Croydon to solve the problems as soon as possible. In a similar way, if you are aware of some electrical problems in the home, take care of them.
Speaking about electricity, make sure you unplug all the devices that are not needed as you are away, like the TV set or the microwave oven. You can even turn off the WiFi system, unless it is responsible for something important, like the home security system. Many think that unplugging electronics is all about saving money but in reality, the main reason why you want to do this is to avoid the damage that could appear if a power surge happens. It was documented that in some cases surges led to garage doors being opened or security systems malfunctioning.
Last but not least, be sure that you throw away or give away all the food that is in your fridge and that would go bad as you are away. If possible, you can even clean out the fridge and then defrost it. This means you can turn it off as you are away. Just be sure that you wipe surfaces dry and leave doors open for better circulation and to help prevent mildew.