There is nothing quite like going on holiday and it should be a highlight of the year and a chance to escape your daily life, explore somewhere new and recharge your batteries. Before you set off, it is important that you take the time to prep your house for while you are away so that you do not have to worry about it while you are a long way from home. So, what are the best ways to do this?
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Clean Before You Go
Cleaning before you go might seem strange if no one is going to be there for a week or so, but returning home from holiday to a clean home is a great feeling and will help you to get settled much faster. Returning to an unclean, untidy house will immediately raise your stress levels, so be sure to give it a thorough cleaning before you go – this should include taking out the rubbish and any food waste for collection.
Turn Everything Off
You do not want to be miles from home and suddenly panic thinking that you have left the stove on. This is why you need to take time going around the home and turning off everything that needs to be turned off (if you are really worried, you could take photos to show yourself that you have, in fact, turned in off).
Change Heating Settings
You also need to think about what the best thing to do about your central heating and radiators is. You could turn it off entirely, but many people prefer to change the timing so that it only comes on briefly once a day. This could be smart as it will keep everything working and hopefully prevent any issues from occurring, such a needing to install new column radiators.
Get Someone to Check-in
It is a good idea to have a neighbour, family member or friend to check-in while you are away. This is helpful in terms of watering the plants, taking in the mail and anything else that might need doing, but it will also provide peace of mind knowing that your home is being kept an eye on.
Secure the Property
Finally, you will want to secure the property when you leave. This should include making sure that all windows and doors are locked and potentially installing some form of home security, such as an alarm or camera.
These tips should help you to get your home prepared for you to go on holiday and allow you to leave with complete peace of mind.