If you’ve only ever traveled for a few days at a time, you may not realize that an extended time spent traveling not only requires you to spend more time packing your bags, but also requires you to spend more time preparing your home. The last thing anyone wants to deal with when they’re traveling is an emergency at home that otherwise could have been avoided. So to ensure that you can return to your home just the way you left it, here are three ways you can and should prepare your home for your extended travel.
Consider Shutting Off Your Water
One of the biggest problems you can have when your home is vacant for a while revolves around your plumbing. Knowing this, Sue Doerfler, a contributor to USA Today, recommends that you take some steps toward shutting your water off if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time. This might mean turning off specific water-using appliances you have or turning off the entire main valve. However, turning all your water off for a long period of time could cause your home to start to smell. So if you plan to be gone for quite a long time, you may want to ask a friend or neighbor to turn your water back on and flush your pipes every so often to keep the stench controlled.
Ready The Kitchen
While some foods will likely be able to last through your entire extended vacation, there are quite a few things in your fridge or pantry that you’ll want to toss before you hit the road. According to HGTV, once you’ve gotten rid of all the food that will expire while you’re gone, it’s also a good idea to wipe down all your surfaces with disinfecting wipes, including inside your refrigerator. If you’ve left spills sitting while you’re away, you may come back home to find some interesting science projects growing where you wish they weren’t.
Prepare Your Lawn
Not only should you prep the inside of your home for an extended travel trip, but you should also make sure the outside of your home is taken care of as well. Depending on the time of year you’ll be gone, the work you’ll want to do will vary. For example, you may need to fertilize before you leave in the spring. But if you’ll be away during stormy seasons, Travelers.com suggests that you remove any tree limbs that might cause damage to your home in a nasty storm.
If you have plans to travel for an extended period of time in the near future, consider using Hy-Pro Plumbing and Drain Cleaning before you travel. It would be best to get all your affairs in order before you leave, so you know that everything is in top condition when you remove.