Stress-Free Travel with Proper Home Preparation

Storm damageTraveling for an extended trip comes with a lot of stress, but do not allow your home to be a part of it. There are many ways to prepare your home to allow you to put your mind at ease while you are away, and here are a few of them.

Burglars take the opportunity to target your house while you are away, so it’s important to make it appear to be lived in while you are gone. Set lights to be on timers throughout your home so they turn on and off at different times of day. Be sure that the timers themselves are not in view from a window, because a savvy person will see these and know what you were trying to do.

Find a trustworthy friend or family member that is available to swing by sporadically to check on things. If it’s convenient for them, you can even ask them to spend the night while you are gone. The presence of people in your home can deter burglars from attempting something. If they are really nice, they can put your trash by the curb every week and pick up your mail daily. If you have pets, your friend can also take them for walks, feed them, etc. Be sure to stock your fridge so your friend has something to eat while there!

Especially if it’s during a stormy season, it’s important to have your home inspected for potential threats of leaks or flooding. If your roof is older, a severe rain storm could result in sudden leaks in your roof. Coming home from a long, exhausting business trip to find that your dining room has flooded would be a nightmare, so consider hiring one of the professional Roofers in your area to inspect your home for minor damage, and fix anything they find. Having your home sealed up properly and doing preventative maintenance will give you peace of mind while you are away.

Make sure that your home insurance is paid and up-to-date. In the event of a disaster, it’s important that your assets are covered. Its one thing to prepare your home for things you can control, but it’s a different story if a natural disaster occurs. If your home is in a flood plain, you should have flood insurance; if you live in the Midwest, you should have insurance in case of tornadoes, etc.

The more you can prepare your home for while you are gone, the less you will have to worry about it. Planning for what you leave behind is just as important as booking a hotel at your destination. Hopefully these tips will ease the burden of travelling for you.

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