Diana is back today on the blog sharing some great trips on Preparing Your Home before a Trip. Diana always has a great ideas and this one is right up there! Thanks Diana, can't wait to have you as guest again.
Going on a summer trip? Or maybe a three-month long cruise? While your head is already on a sunny beach in the Caribbean, you shouldn’t forget that you’re leaving your home for some time and that you should prepare it the same way you’re preparing yourself.
Pets and plants
You would probably never just leave your dog or goldfish without arranging for their care. You can put dogs, cats or larger animals in an animal daycare while you’re away. It might be a bit pricey, but you can rest assured that they will be in safe hands, fed, taken care of, and, most importantly – won’t be alone. This might not be an option for smaller animals, but a good thing is that you can place them into a friend’s or family member’s care. Have them visit your house every day to feed the fish or the hamster, or bring them over to them.
The same goes for plants. You can invest in a remote watering system and set it so it drips water slowly during your vacation, or you can leave the job to a human. If you have a lot of plants that need daily care, someone should come over to water them; but for just one or two important ones, you can take them over to a friend with detailed instructions on how to care for them.
No matter what neighborhood you live in, a break in is always a possibility. To minimize the risks, you should take a few steps to secure your home. Check and, if necessary, upgrade your alarm system. Make sure it’s working and that it will notify not only you, who may be a thousand miles away, but also a close friend or a family member and the police. Make sure that you put out a yard sign or sticker of your security company, so potential unwanted visitors will know to stay away. If you want to go the extra step, you can install cameras into your home that can give you and your security company a live feed of what’s going on inside. Having a system that turns your lights on and off periodically to make it look like the house isn’t empty is a big investment, but if you think it is what will keep your house safe, then it’s a good one to make.
Make sure you don’t pull all the curtains and close all the blinds – you wouldn’t want to give a potential thief the comfort of privacy, would you?
You don’t have to go through all the trouble of preparing your home for your leave – just don’t leave it empty! House sitting became a booming business in Australia, for both safety and practical reasons; so, finding somebody who will take care of your home and your pets while you’re gone shouldn’t be a problem. If you live in Victoria, you’ll be spoiled for choice when looking up options for house sitting in Melbourne. Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable with strangers in your home, call in a favor! Ask a family member or a friend to either stay at your place for the duration of your trip or visit daily to feed your pets and make sure everything is okay. Many people will welcome the opportunity to live in a new place for a little while, and you’ll save some money too.
Whether your trip is long or short, far away or to the next city over, if you follow these few steps you can rest assured that you have done everything in your power to make sure that when you get home everything will be just the way you left it.