Ironically, getting ready to go on vacation can be really stressful. Aside from figuring out how not to over-pack, Prescott Maid to Order offers these suggestions to help Prescott homeowners leave the house relaxed, worry-free and ready to have some fun.
No one ever wants to come home from a beautiful, relaxing and fun vacation to a mess. A dirty house is no one’s idea of “welcome home.” It’s not necessary to perform a spring cleaning ritual before you leave, but every room should be addressed. Before you leave, clean sinks and toilets, vacuum – and definitely clean out the fridge and toss out any food that could spoil.
Take out the trash
Of course, taking out the trash is also a part of cleaning, but sometimes the axiom “out of sight, out of mind” prevails. Make sure you don’t clean out the fridge only to leave spoiling food breeding in a dark can somewhere in your kitchen. Forgetting to take out the trash could mean returning home to ghastly odors and uninvited pests.
Double-check the washer/dryer
In your last-minute efforts to get everything in order, don’t overlook the washer and dryer. Before you lock the door behind you, check to make sure you’re not leaving a load of wet clothes in the washer or dryer. Mildew is no one’s friend.
Check fire hazards
Don’t leave the house without unplugging electronics like your computer, router, TVs and any countertop appliances that don’t need to be on while you’re gone. Not only will you lower the risk of potential electrical fires, but you will also save money on energy costs.
Put lights on timers
Whether your home has a smart lighting system or not, one of the easiest steps to deter a break-in is by using lighting. Use your smart lighting app or plug-in timers throughout your home to vary the lighting every day you are away. Putting your lights on timers so that they turn off and turn on at various times of the day will make it look like people are actually home.
When leaving your home for any length of time, be careful not to advertise your departure. Keep the fact that your house will be empty discreet by not posting it on social media. Empty houses are a target for thieves. Have a trusted neighbor check on your house occasionally and pick up any newspapers, mail or packages.
With a little effort and some planning, you can go on vacation confident that you have left your Prescott home safe and secure and ready for your return. QCBN
By Lucy Leyva
Lucy Leyva is the owner of Prescott Maid to Order.