Spring time is almost upon us! If you’re like many families in the Nashville area, you may be getting ready for a spring break vacation. Particularly in March, this is a great time to head somewhere warmer, leaving “real life” behind for at least a little while.
Before leaving, however, you need to set your home up for success. Meaning, you shouldn’t leave for vacation without prepping your home for your absence. Read on as The Maynard Man uncovers 8 top tips for protecting your home while you’re on vacation.
1. Unplug Energy Drainers
When you’re gone for an extended period of time, there’s no reason to have certain items plugged in—all they do is drain energy that you’re paying for but not enjoying. Unplug things like phone chargers, toasters, your coffeemaker, hairdryer, and other appliances that won’t need to run while you’re away.
2. Place a Hold on Your Mail and Newspaper
There’s no better way to draw attention to your empty home than newspapers piled up in the driveway or a stuffed mailbox. If you don’t have anyone checking on your home—a tip we’ll get to next—then it’s wise to place a hold on your mail and newspaper until you come home.
3. Arrange for a Neighbor to Check In
If you’re leaving pets at home, this is already a given. Even if you aren’t, it’s a good idea to have a neighbor or local friend check-in on your house anyway. If you’re not stopping your mail and newspaper, for instance, they can bring it in for you so it’s not drawing attention to your unoccupied home.
4. Manage Furnace Repair Needs
As the season draws to a close, it’s easy to just shut your furnace off and not think about it again until next fall, particularly if you’re going away for spring break. But neglecting furnace repairs in Nashville can leave you with an inefficient or completely broken down heater when you come home. Nobody wants to be welcome back home by unexpected heating expenses. Reach out to The Maynard Man for your furnace service needs!
5. Upgrade Your Thermostat!
Is your thermostat programmable? This is a financially wise and environmentally friendly upgrade to make. With even the most basic programmable thermostat, you can set your HVAC system to cycle on only when needed. After all, running it the entire time you’re gone would be very inefficient. Consider going even one step further with a WiFi or smart thermostat that you can control remotely!
6. Make Your Home Appear Occupied
Consider installing automatic timers for your outdoor and even some indoor lighting. A motion sensor security light outside is also a good idea. It deters burglars who are looking for an easy home to target.
7. Have Security Alarm and Cameras Installed
A security alarm is never a bad idea. It’s one electrical installation that keeps you and your home safe, particularly when you’re gone on vacation. Cameras can even be set up to provide a feed back to your smart phone, so you can see what’s going on at home whenever you want, wherever you are.
8. Plan for Snow Removal
Temperatures may be warming up, but there’s still a chance for snowfall in March. Even if the forecast looks great, it’s a good idea to plan for a neighbor or friend to clear the walkway or driveway of your home if there is snowfall. This is another great way to make your home look occupied while you’re away.
Need a Helping Hand, Call the Maynard Man! We are the Nashville contractor you can trust for your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing needs.