If you’re traveling to see friends and family this holiday season, your mind is probably already full of visions of roasted turkey and gingerbread men. You’ve put your mail on hold, wrapped your pipes, packed your bags—and checked them twice. But before you hit the road for a holiday adventure, take a moment to prepare your home for the time you’ll be gone with these tips:
Prepare Your Pets
You’ve booked your hotels and packed your bags, but did you book a room for Khaleesi the Cat? Don’t forget about your pets while you travel! Make sure to arrange an in-home pet sitter or arrange a room at a pet hotel far in advance for your furry friends.
Put Lights on a Timer
While a dark and empty home looks like an easy target, a home full of lights that flicker on and off regularly looks much less appealing to would-be burglars. Give the illusion of still being home by putting your lights on a timer, so that no one will be able to tell you’re not home!
Invest in a Home Security System
Nothing gives peace of mind like a good security system. It should go without saying that your home should be equipped with a basic home alarm system, but these days you can take things a step farther with a video system that runs right to your mobile phone. A security system like this allows you to view what is going on in your home at all times while you’re gone.
Unplug Small Electronics
Small electronics like cell phone chargers, laptops, and countertop kitchen appliances are notorious for leeching energy out of sockets, even when they aren’t being used. Over time, this can turn into a big money-drain, especially if you’re gone for weeks at a time. Stop this in its tracks by unplugging all these small electronics before you leave.
Hire a House Sitter
Hiring a house-sitter doesn’t have to be an expensive or complicated affair. It can be as simple as asking your neighbor to keep an eye on things or asking a trusted family member to come by with a key and do a walkthrough once or twice. This way, you can rest assured that your home is being taken care of while you’re gone.
We know you’re reluctant to leave your new home over the holidays, but with these tips, you can rest assured that you’ll return to your home just as you left it. If you’re among those looking for a new home over the holidays—you’re not alone. Contact Move-Up America today to find out how we can help you sell your home and find a new one.