07 Jul Tips to Prepare Your SWFL Home for the Summer
Now that summer is finally upon us, you may be in the early stages of reading your family for a much-needed vacation. School is out, the weather is beautiful and regardless as to where you might be traveling, you’re bound to have a good time.
Yet while planning for a vacation can be exciting, you’ll want to remember to safeguard your home in advance of your departure. Below are just a few of the things you can do to ensure that your home will remain safe while you’re gone.
Clean out your fridge
No one wants to return from a two-week trip to find their refrigerator has turned into a science project. As such, you’ll want to throw out all expired or soon-to-be expired food before you leave town.
If you’re concerned that you won’t have food on hand when you get home, that’s an easy fix. Homeowners that work with a home watch & concierge service often find the company can help with light grocery shopping in advance of their return.
Stop newspaper and mail delivery
One of the biggest telltale signs that a home is vacant relates to mail piling up on the porch. If you’re going to be gone for a few weeks, be sure to put a temporary stop on your mail and/or newspaper delivery.
You’ll also want to make sure that junk mail and restaurant flyers are removed from your porch. If you don’t have a neighbor that can help you with this, a home watch service will be happy to help.
Set your thermostat appropriately
Everyone knows someone who left town for an extended period of time, only to return to find their AC has been running full blast the entire time they were gone. Before you head to the airport, be sure to check yours ensure it’s set at the proper setting. If you have a smart thermostat installed, you’ll have the benefit of being able to “check and make sure” you did this, from anywhere you have a wi-fi connection. (You can also raise and lower the temperature in your home from your smartphone, which is an added bonus.) If you don’t have a smart thermostat, a home watch professional can check and regulate your home’s temperature for you.
Consider using a home watch service
Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge has been providing trusted, reliable home watch services for SWFL homeowners for years. For more information on our company, our services or our rates, call us today to get started.