December is one of the biggest travel seasons of the year. Whether you are traveling to be with family, traveling to get away from family or traveling just to get a little TLC, you will need to prepare your home as well as pack your bags.
First things first, take care of electrical issues – make sure your Christmas lights, both inside and out are on a timer and that the timer is working properly. If you do have any lights up consider putting some lamps on timers throughout your home for a little extra security. Also, unplug everything (with the exception of refrigerators and freezers obviously), but lamps, toasters, clocks and computers have no reason to stay plugged in while you are not home.
While we are mentioning refrigerators, ever come home from a lovely trip to a super stinky house? It is an ultimate pet peeve of mine. Depending on how long you will be gone, don’t leave any fruit out, not only will it smell, but also the fruit flies are super annoying. Throw away or freeze food that will go bad – like breads and take a moment to empty your refrigerator. You may also want to run the garbage disposal with some ice cubes so any bits of food stuck on the blades will be set free and go on down the drain.
Turning down the heat and moving the water heater over to “away” are big money savers that people just don’t think about. Why heat your home and your water to your desired temperature when you are not even there to use it? Having your heat set on 50 is warm enough to keep your pipes from freezing, but not warm enough to keep your pets from freezing. Around 65 is low, but not uncomfortable chilly if you have animals that will be staying at home. Hopefully, you have already arranged for someone to check on them.
Be sure to call your alarm company and your bank and credit card company to let them know what dates you will be traveling. If someone will be checking on your home and/or animals while you are away, make sure the alarm company has their name in case they accidentally set off the alarm. In some areas, the police prefer to know when the homeowner will be away so they can increase patrols in that neighborhood, especially this time of year.
Most of the time we are trying to get out of the door by a certain time and forget a thing or two on the way. Carmine’s urges you to make sure all toilets have stopped running before you leave the house and make sure you leave instructions of who to call if there is a problem at your home. For all of your air conditioning, heating and plumbing needs, call Carmine’s at 203-791-8089. Safe travels and Merry Christmas!