Tips For Closing Up Your Summer Home
Are you planning on spending time out on the beach this summer? Do you have a summer home that you plan to head to for a large portion of time? We know that keeping track of one home can be hard enough as it is, but don’t forget to keep track of your summer home just as much as your own home. There are some things that you should make sure you do once you’re ready to leave your summer paradise and head back. Here are some tips for closing up your summer home.
Inspect your property. Take a walk around the property to see if there are any damages to anything, and if there are then make a checklist and see which of those things need to be fixed now and which can wait. Make sure you’re inspecting the roof, chimney, siding, foundation and any trees that might be leaning in the area.
Turn off the water. This one is important, you want to make sure that you’re cutting off the water at the main supply point in order to prevent freezing of the pipelines during winter. Even if your home is heated during the winter this is important because you never know what could happen. Bad weather could easily knock out the power and cause your furnace to fail.
Empty and clean your appliances. This one is just as important, you want to make sure that you’re cleaning out the fridge of any food that might still be in it. Not to mention you should be wiping down the surfaces of almost every appliance in your home to make sure that no mold begins to grow or that the home starts to smell.
Turn off and unplug all electronics and appliances. It should be obvious why you need to do this one. Unplug and turn off all electronics and appliances in order to avoid wracking up an electrical bill. Sometimes we forget that having things plugged in can still bring our bills up more than what we expect, so be sure that you’re checking every outlet before you leave.
These are just a few reminders for when you plan to head back from your summer home. We know that the leave can be bittersweet, but it wouldn’t help to come back only to find something happened to your home away from home, right? Take these tips into consideration and make sure that you’re checking for other important things you can do to help close up that summer home. Stay safe this summer!