When you are getting ready to take vacation things can become stressful. Or imagine if the case was that you are thinking of living and studying abroad, what happens to your house you leave behind? There are a number of things you have to take care of and get organized. This will permit you to take a few days off for relaxing in vacation rentals you can visit once a year if you are lucky. Apart from packing all your luggage and quadruple checking it there are certain things you need to do around your house before you are off on your next vacation.
The very last thing you may wish to come back home to after a great and relaxing holiday is a dirty home. You may not be required to deep clean all the things in your house before you are gone on a vacation. But if you walk through the door of your home to an untidy place after a long day traveling, it will rip you out of the relaxed mode. Having said that cleaning the house before a holiday is not exactly great for your sanity. You need to do it to keep things from going out of hand. Fruit flies taking over during your time away from home are not exactly a pretty picture. Scrub the toilets, sinks, vacuum, clean all the dishes, plates and a knife that does everything and get rid of all the fruits by sitting out or throw them away.
2. Clean the refrigerator
While you are still in the process of cleaning the home before the vacation takes a close look at the refrigerator. Consume, freeze, or throw away the eatables that may spoil during the time you are going to be gone. It is self-explanatory because nobody has the wish to come back home to a refrigerator that is full of stinky and rotten food.
3. Take the trash out
Although taking the trash out is a portion of cleaning the home there is a specific mention here. If you are going to clean your refrigerator before you go away on a vacation it is worth emphasizing that you must ensure you take out the garbage before leaving on the vacation. If you fail to do so you are running the risk of coming back to your house to all kinds of pests galore and rancid smells.
4. Check the laundry & the water heater
At a time when you are frantically running around doing the packing and cleaning the house, it is pretty easy to forget the significant things. You may forget about the last load of laundry you forgot to place in the dryer for example. Check out the washer before you leave for the vacation. When you come back from the holiday and find laundry that was sitting in the washer or dryer for a week it is going to smell sour and less than perfect, to say the least. Before leaving the house, check the water heater whether it contains any damage, you don’t want to come back to your house full of water that bursted out of a water heater failure. Do a water heater replacement if needed.
5. Program the thermostat
Another way of saving energy while being on a holiday is by setting the thermostat to an away from the home program. Several newer models of thermostats more specifically the smart ones offer a feature like this. This thermostat can adjust the temperature settings at a time you are not at home. During the summer it will adjust the temperature to cooling and during the winter period, it will lower the temperature settings to suit heating.
All you have to do is wait for the rooms of your house to return to comfortable temperatures after you are back from the holidays. If you have smart thermostats working on the temperatures of your indoors you can even disable the away mode of the thermostat to return to a perfectly heated or cooled home.
6. Ask your friend to collect your mail
This work is not done at your house, however; placing the mail on hold at the post office may keep your mails from piling up. This buildup of mails is a telltale sign that a house is vacant. The person delivering the mail is aware that you are away and will be skipping your house each day of the week. Many times it is a good idea to ask a neighbor or a friend or a family member to stop by and collect all the mail lying around to deliver to you when you return from the holidays.
About The Author
Freya is a Math teacher, Yoga enthusiast, and a beloved mother of three lovely daughters. She is always looking for ways to grow and help others around her thrive through self-learning, meditation, and physical fitness. When she is not teaching or spending time with her family, Freya regularly writes on topics related to self-improvement and women empowerment.