Summer is a time for slowing down and taking it easy especially if you have school-aged children. Planning a summer vacation can be stressful enough and ensuring that your home is in good shape while you’re away will help ease some of that stress. Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready!
SHUT THE WATER OFF AT THE MAIN LINE
No one wants to worry about plumbing leaks while they’re away for an extended period of time. Turning the water off at the main line will help prevent any leaks that may occur which could result in water damage and expensive repair bills. After turning the water off at the main line, run all of the faucets until all of the water is out of the pipes. If you’re not sure how to find the main line, you’re not alone. This article from Bob Vila explains it all!
UTILIZE SMART SECURITY OPTIONS
Ding Dong! Who’s there? These days it’s pretty easy to install smart security features like a doorbell or motion detecting security cameras that record activity on your property. Utilizing these types of tools allow you access to any activity while you’re away and, in some cases, allow you to communicate directly with someone on the other side. Not sure which one to get? Here’s a list of the best doorbells for 2021 from Good Housekeeping. Other items that may prove useful are timer-based switch plugs that will turn on and off based on your settings, so you can set lights or radios to come on at certain times of the day or night.
SET THE THERMOSTAT
You definitely want to leave the AC running while you’re gone but it should be set to a few degrees higher than it would be if you were home. Keeping the AC running will prevent mold and mildew from forming and keep any kind of musty smells at bay. Setting the temp a few degrees higher will ensure that the unit runs but will also reduce the energy use since it won’t be running as often.
If you have a pool, you’ll want to make sure that the filter is cleaned before you go and that the chlorine tablets are added. Additionally, make sure to turn the heater off if you have one so that you’re not wasting money heating the water while you’re gone. Brushing the pool and doing a thorough cleaning will also help mitigate the possibility of coming back to an overly dirty pool. Here’s everything you need to know to get your pool ready!
CLEAN THE KITCHEN
Cleaning out the refrigerator and taking out the trash are probably the easiest things you can do to ensure you come back to a pleasant-smelling home. Do a quick clean out of the fridge and gather trash from all areas before you go. You’ll be happy you did!
These are just a few things you can do to prep your home for your absence, but you may want to consider having someone come by to check on things if you have that option. Everyone has different scenarios like pets or plants, so check out this thorough list from HGTV for more ideas on getting your home ready for summer vacation!