Whether you’re preparing your current home for your vacation, or preparing your vacation home for your departure to your current home, it is important to prepare your home for long-term vacancy. Homes are a significant investment and hold a lot of precious items and memories. Make sure your home is properly prepared for your extended stay away by following the advice in this blog post.
The first step in preparing your home for a long-term vacancy is turning off the water supply, if possible. There is no need for a vacant home to have running water. If nobody plans on bathing, cooking, or using the bathroom in the home, turning off the water supply can prevent water leaks and water damage.
If you cannot turn off the water in your home before you leave, make sure to keep the furnace on. This way the pipes in your home will stay warm enough so they do not freeze and rupture, in the event of unexpectedly cold winter temperatures. Also, make sure to set the home’s thermostat to 55 degrees or more to keep the interior at a safe temperature.
While the water of your home should be turned off in the event of an extended stay away, the electricity should remain on. HVAC systems require electricity, which keeps the air in your home circulating. Lights, alarms, and timers are also run by electricity, which can protect your home from burglary or vandalism. Even though the electricity should be left on, refrigerators, freezers, and any appliances that will not be in use should be unplugged. This way you won’t be paying an expensive bill, and mold will not collect in your appliances.
If you have delivery services, subscriptions, or services performed at your house on a regular basis, be sure to cancel these things. Inform your newspaper supplier you will be gone for several months, cancel your home’s cleaning services, and have your mail forwarded to your new address.
Follow these steps and your home is ready for your departure. While you are away, consider the services available through Paradise Home Watch. Our staff will make sure your home is safe while you are away, offering peace of mind and protecting you from potential problems. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 941-866-2440.