It’s that time of year when everyone is leaving behind the doldrums of winter in the North and heading to warmer and sunnier weather in the South. When planning your annual winter getaway, there are many things to think about. You have to buy that new bathing suit (or two or three), find someone to watch the pets, find affordable plane tickets and last but not least , make sure your home is still standing when you get back! To achieve this last item, here are some helpful tips to make life easier.
- Shut off the water – it’s a quick and easy way to make sure you come home to a house that’s dry and mold-free.
- To help avoid frozen and burst pipes, experts suggest leaving the cabinet door to all sinks open. This will let additional heat into those spaces.
- Maintain heat of at least 55 degrees. This seems to be the agreed upon setting that allows some energy savings while also keeping things inside the home in check.
- Have a trusted neighbor check on the home regularly. And by regularly, I mean once every few days.
- If you are gone for an extended period of time, monitor your utility bills to make sure you don’t see a spike in cost which could signify higher usage. Higher usage of a utility could mean a major problem.
- Don’t use social media to advertise to the world that you are away. Even though it’s nice to post photos of that expensive vacation, wait until you get back. A savvy criminal will use social media to their advantage and may make your home an easy target.
- If you live in an area with lots of snow, hire or ask someone to shovel your roof in intervals. This is especially true after a large snowfall or two. This helps to avoid possible roof or building collapse.
- Have your driveway shoveled so it gives the appearance that people are home.
- Have your furnace maintained annually to avoid possibly issues while you are away.
Taking even a few of these precautions will help you to get the most enjoyment out of your vacation because you know everything at home is in tip-top shape.