Here’s a phrase you’ve never heard before - winter is coming. And so, with everyone and their grandmothers posting popular TV show quotes across social media, you are left wondering how to have the best winter vacation of your life, while being sure that your house safe and the stove is off.
Luckily, there are ways you can prepare the home for your absence!
Does the water heater need to be running while you’re taking a shower somewhere in Kakadu, or Paris for that matter? Not necessarily. That’s why you should turn off any unnecessary appliances around the house. You will preserve energy, avoid the risk of something going berserk and causing a fire, and the lower bill will come as a nice surprise at the end of the month.
Also, program your thermostat so that the heat doesn’t run needlessly in an empty house and if you’re running on gas, make sure all the gas valves are turned off.
There are only a few scenarios as disastrous as having a flood while you’re thousands of kilometers away from home. Before you leave, have a plumber inspect the house for any water leaks and make reparations where needed. If leakage spreads, it could turn into a flood, possibly ruining your home, and requiring costly repairs.
Additionally, turn off all water pressure valves in the house - nobody will need it and you will avoid the risk of something going wrong.
If you’re going on a prolonged vacation, you want to get rid of all of the food that will go bad while you’re away. This doesn’t mean contributing to the global problem of food waste by throwing it away; rather it means eating everything in advance or giving the food to someone who needs it.
When you empty out the fridge, you can also unplug it, therefore letting it get its well-deserved rest and lowering the electricity bill.
Separating yourself from your furry friends can be very stressful and you need to prepare and organize your “apart” time to be as easy and stress-free for the animal as possible. You should leave some of your clothes lying around that the animal can snuggle with and also make sure they have their favorite toys to play with.
Additionally, there has to be someone who can take care of the animal on a daily basis and cater to their every need. Look for online communities that provide quality pet boarding services, compare their prices and make detailed inquiries about the people who will be taking care of your pet.
Animals need to be around humans, and you should always avoid getting friends to pop in occasionally to check on the animal - someone has to be there constantly.
Plants need watering and nurturing, there is no doubt about that, and someone has to take care of them while you’re gone. Be sure you make a list of all the plants in the house and write down the proper care techniques for each one, and have your friends come round the house daily to water them and check if everything is in order.
You can easily “bribe” your friends into agreeing by baking some delicious cookies, and leaving them on the kitchen table. Also, let them watch the TV and help themselves to the fridge, in case you didn’t manage to empty it in time.
Finally, make a checklist of everything you need to do before you leave. Make extra keys for the people who will be taking care of your house, notify the postman you won’t be there, and also notify the local police station of your absence - they can check out the house every now and then.
In preparation for your winter escape, it’s easy to forget the little things, but with these top tips, you can rest assured you’ve done everything to ensure you have a carefree vacation!
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