How to Prepare Your Home Before You Take a Vacation

How to Prepare Your Home Before You Take a Vacation

How to Prepare Your Home Before You Take a Vacation

Are you planning to get a two-week or three-week out-of-town vacation? If you are leaving the house for a long trip, make sure to secure your home before taking a big break. For a smooth return, your house needs to be conditioned and ready at least a week in advance.

Make your homecoming more exciting and stress-free with this vacation checklist. We got it all ready for you!

Kitchen and Bathroom Essentials

  • Trash: Take out all the trash in the kitchen and bathroom. Prioritize those that stink easily.
  • Refrigerator: Dispose perishable food before leaving home so when you return, the house still smells fresh and clean. Unplug your fridge but leave the door open to avoid mold and mildew from forming. You may also leave a container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb foul odors.
  • Toilet/Bathroom: Take your laundry out of the room or better wash them before your departure. Pour chlorine evenly to your toilet bowl to prevent the build-up of stain and bacteria.
  • Kitchen Sink: While you are away, mold and bacteria from the food in your kitchen sink can become a big problem. Be sure to wash the sink before you leave.

Home Maintenance: Set Your Home in Autopilot

  • Plumbing and Electrical: Unplug all electrical devices such as computer, television, and refrigerators. Turn off the main source of water to prevent leaks in the dishwasher, sinks, and washing machine.
  • Temperature: You may turn your A/C unit off or set it at 85 degrees.
  • Smoke Detectors: Before you leave, see to it that smoke detectors are working well with new batteries installed.
  • Emergency Connection: Ask a friend or your neighbor to check your home while you are away. Give him/her your contact details and tell the person to contact you immediately if something goes wrong.

Home Safety: Anti-burglary List

  • Lighting: Install a light timer for your home to make it look occupied even when you are not around.
  • Mail: Hold your mail at the post office, ask a neighbor or friend to get the mail for you or forward it.
  • Yard: Your lawn needs regular watering in your absence. You may install timers to do it for you.
  • Doors: Keep your locks secured. Do not forget to keep an emergency lock.
  • Car: Park the car in the garage area. Or, a friend may use it for a while to avoid cobweb build-up.

Want to keep your home secured and vacation-ready this weekend? Call us at Res Air Conditioning for more safety tips!