Whether by car or plane, there’s nothing quite like leaving for your holiday destination for a well-deserved break. And whilst spending time with friends or at your family’s holiday home are great ways to relax and have fun, they can also make you appreciate your home comforts more.
In fact, coming home is often one of the best parts of going away.
But not if you open your front door to a rush of water or nearly pass out after grabbing for something that’s stale the fridge. Not knowing or forgetting to do certain simple things before leaving for holiday, can have major unfortunate and often costly consequences.
Believe in the power of this checklist if you want peace of mind when going away on holiday.
Throw away perishables
If you want a house that doesn’t smell toxic when you return, make sure to throw out any perishables from your fridge and cupboards. Better still, start eating all fresh food items a week before you leave to waste neither food nor money. It’s also a good idea to defrost the fridge/freezer and leave the door open while you are away.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to throw out the rubbish.
A house left dark for many consecutive nights is a welcoming invitation for potential burglars. Invest in a light timer to ward off any thieving opportunists. You can set the timers to automatically switch lamps on and off whenever the sun sets and rises so that it looks like you’re still around.
Switch off and save
If your house is going to stand empty while you’re away, just before you leave take a walk around and switch off and unplug anything connected to the electricity. Not only will you save money this way, but you’ll also save your appliances and electronics from the damaging effects of possible power surges.
While you’re at it, turn off the water mains to prevent any leaks in your home while you’re away. You stand to save on your water bill for the month and if any big breaks in the pipes do occur, they won’t lead to a flooding of your house.
The exception is, of course, to keep a lamp on to keep any potential robbers away.
There’s no shortage of amazing ways bicarbonate or baking soda can be used to freshen up various areas in your home.
Here’s another nifty trick to add to that list:
Before leaving on vacation, pour one cup of baking soda down your toilets and drains. It will eat the grime while you’re away, so that your house will smell fresh and clean on your return.
Consider hiring a professional house-sitter, pet-sitter or else ask a friend to look after your house while you’re away. This is a good idea from a safety perspective and you won’t need to buy light timers (see point 3 above). Be sure to give the person looking after your home the Easyfix contact details for any appliance or electronics emergencies.
Return home happy and have peace of mind by following these pre-vacation tips.