Leaving a home vacant for a long time can cause unexpected damages to your property. Temperature changes, humidity, pests, and extreme weather can wreak havoc if someone isn’t keeping an eye on things. Needless to say, preparing your home for a long absence can save you from facing future, and sometimes costly, repairs.
Below are a few suggestions to prepare for a long absence from your house.
Disregarding the AC on a trip away will contribute to large energy bills. However, a few small actions can make a big difference. The most significant factor to consider is the duration of your absence. When you leave for an extended period, it is wise to change your thermostat to “switch off your AC” when away. AC units work at maximum efficiency while running at full capacity, so if the house is left empty for a prolonged time, you will needlessly consume more electricity. If you‘re leaving for a brief vacation, such as a weekend away, you can program your AC to turn on and off so that it operates at a lower speed for lesser periods of time, ensuring that you won’t come back home to a humid house. It also reduces the risk of mold and pests.
Replace Your Air Filters
Dirt is a sure way to ruin the efficiency of the air conditioner. Before you leave, make sure you replace the air filter.
Disconnecting the appliances decreases the heating and cooling load. Also, objects that are not in use can generate heat over time.
A pipe burst or water leakage may do serious harm to drywalls, ceilings, hardwood floors, rugs, and furniture. It is advisable to shut off the water source entirely while you are away from home for extended periods. We also recommend that you discharge your water pipes (bathroom, kitchen, sinks) by opening all the faucets and flushing all the toilets. Click here for a list of plumbers in the Annapolis area.
Deactivate or forward your mail so that junk mail will not build up.
Stop excessive subscription systems that can include many items such as newspapers or drinking water.
Ensure the flue at the fireplace is shut.
Get Chimney(s) checked for birds or other animals.
If you’re planning for a long absence from your home, hiring Annapolis Home Concierge can be a good option. Whether you are a snowbird, seasonal resident, or away on an extended vacation, hiring a home watch professional is something to consider. At Annapolis Home Concierge, our mission is to provide trusted property care when you’re not there. We promise to watch over your house as if it were our own. The home watch and concierge services we provide afford you peace of mind that your home is being cared for as if it were our own. Click here to get a free quote today.
Preparing your home for a long absence can save you a lot of time and money. Don’t worry about having to fix things when you return by following the simple steps we outlined. Take the time to do it before you leave, and you will have peace of mind during your absence.