Vacation: a long-awaited moment to replace everyday life with relaxation and well-deserved rest. However, before departure it is important to prepare our accommodation to ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises upon return.
This not only ensures safety, but also helps prevent accidents. Before leaving, check that doors and windows are securely closed. Install light timers to simulate movement at night and deter prying eyes. For proper electrical installation, contact a professional electrician.
Here are more tips on how to prepare your home before a trip.
Do not announce your absence
Avoid giving out too much information about your vacation plans on social media. Showing your absence in real time can be an invitation to thieves. Once you return, you can share your experiences.
Ask trusted neighbors for help
Maintain good relationships with your neighbors and ask them to be vigilant for suspicious activity. Tell someone you trust that you are leaving so they can pick up the mail, water the plants, or show that the house is being used.
Turn off electronics and devices
Disconnecting all devices (including TVs, computers and chargers) not only reduces consumption but also prevents possible short circuits or fires.
Rent a security system
As part of your vacation preparation checklist, consider installing a home security system. The most advanced devices enable remote monitoring and alert you to suspicious activity in real time. Other systems even allow you to monitor your home with security cameras from anywhere in the world.
Check your locks and hinges
Before leaving, carefully check the locks and hinges on doors, windows and other partitions. Make sure they are in good condition and replace any worn parts. Since this can affect the security of your home, do not hesitate to contact a locksmith and fencing professional to help you secure your home.
Keep your valuables in a safe place
If you have valuable items in your home (jewelry, important documents, or expensive electronics), store them in a safe place such as a safe. This reduces the temptation of potential thieves and protects your property.
Review your home insurance policy
Before you leave, make sure it is up to date and covers incidents while you are away. Knowing the details of your policy can give you peace of mind.
Pest and plant control
Avoid unpleasant surprises when you return by controlling possible food sources for insects and rodents. Close containers tightly, remove dirt and clean thoroughly to minimize the risk of infection.
If you have plants, be sure to water them properly. You can also ask someone to do this while you are away to ensure health. There are integrated irrigation systems for balconies and gardens. Consult an experienced gardener to find the best solutions for your home.
Before you leave, do a general cleaning of the kitchen. Throw away perishable foods that have a short expiration date or could spoil while you are away.
Freeze fresh food
Freeze any portions you can't eat before you go. Not only can you store them, but you can also have your meals ready to reheat when you get back.
Store in airtight containers
Place food in airtight containers to prevent air entry and bacterial growth. It's especially useful for dry, loose foods like cereal, rice, and pasta.
With these tips for preparing your home for the holidays, you can enjoy it to the fullest, knowing that you will find a family environment in perfect condition. Have a safe trip and a nice holiday!