A lot of time and energy goes into planning the perfect vacation. We often get overwhelmed with the details (where do we want to go, where are we going to stay, what activities are available for the kids to do), the organizing (packing the luggage, snacks for the kids), and the departure (trying to leave on time to beat traffic or to get to the airport), all so we can have the perfect relaxing vacation. However, in the stress and hurry to leave, we often overlook one important thing–our HOME. The last thing any of us want is to return from vacation to find our home flooded or vandalized, so whether you are planning a long weekend or a two-week vacation, here’s a checklist of ways to prepare your home for vacation:
- turn off your water at the shut off valve
- unplug your TVs and any unnecessary appliances (you would hate to return to find your computer and TV fried after being struck by lightning)
- lock all windows and doors
- adjust your thermostat (you want to keep the air running but there is no need to waste electricity by over cooling your home when no one is there)
- contact the post office and newspaper to put a hold on your deliveries (vandals may view your home as a target if they see mail over flowing from your mailbox indicating you are not home)
- set some interior lamps to timers
We can’t stop every disaster from affecting our home, but it is always important to stop the ones we can. PHC Restoration hopes that everyone has a safe and relaxing vacation this summer, and remember we are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week ready to help you if your home suffers a fire, water, storm damage or vandalism emergency.
If you are still looking for the perfect destination or in the last stages of planning your vacation, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has an ultimate checklist of things to do before leaving on vacation.