7 Tips to prepping your home for a weekend absence
June 27, 2017
While a weekend doesn’t provide most of us with enough time to travel across the state, it’s a perfect opportunity to get out of the city for a few days.
Here are some of tips to help you prepare your house for your absence if you’re heading out for a few days:
1. Reset the temperature. This summer will be been a warm one which means that our air conditioning has been working overtime. However, you don’t need the house to be as cool while you're not home. Re-setting the thermostat a few degrees helps save energy and costs. It’s a win-win.
2. Take an inventory of your food. Perishables should be taken with you when possible (i.e. fruits or vegetables) and should definitely not be left out on the counter top. Also, if you live in the city (which is full of raccoons who can easily get into garbage bins), put the food you don’t want to bring with you in the fridge instead of in the garbage.
3. Remove garbage. Always take out your trash before you leave to ensure that we return to a clean and odor-free house.
4. Turn off appliances. Make sure you don’t leave any major appliances running including dishwasher, clothes washer, or dryer. Running appliances you don’t need while you’re away is not only an unnecessary utility expense, but it also could lead to problems if something goes wrong with an appliance while you’re away.
5. Close the blinds. Whenever you leave, close all of your curtains. This way, intruders won’t have any visibility to items in your home.
6. Tell a trusted neighbor or family member. Live in a friendly place? Let your neighbor know that they can park in your driveway or parking garage while you're away. That way, your house appears to be occupied. You could also ask them to keep an eye on your front-yard in case garbage ends up on your lawn.
7. Turn on the alarm. Lastly, but most importantly to many, always turn on your alarm system. It gives peace of mind to know that you have a reliable backup plan to protect your assets and valuables while you're away over the weekend.
So now that you know what to do with your home, where will you go?