Prepare Your Home and Yard for Holiday Travel

Prepare Your Home and Yard for Holiday Travel

It’s the perfect time to start planning for your long-awaited holiday trip. These trips are usually spent during the festive week of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Once you've picked a date, booked your tickets, and packed your bags, you want to ensure your home is vacation-ready before you take off.

If you have a hard time leaving the house and fear you might forget to do something, don’t worry because creating a list of all the tasks needed to prepare your home for vacation should be an important essential. Write out or print a list before every trip, check off each task as you accomplish them. After you have completed the list, you are ready to head off on your adventure knowing that your home is ready when you come back.

Tasks Around the House

  • Wash remaining dirty dishes and empty the dishwasher. Leave it cracked open if possible so that any leftover water in the system can evaporate. 
  • Clean out your refrigerator and throw away any food that will be spoiled when you return.
  • If you have a garbage disposal, run a mix of vinegar and water through so odors don’t build up.
  • Make sure to leave no trash behind and empty all trash cans. Wipe down and wash trash cans so they are clean and do not give off any bad odors. 
  • Before you leave, set the thermostat to a reasonable temperature. For a winter trip, set it to a low temperature, but not low enough for the pipes to freeze. For summer trips, set it to a high temperature so the air conditioner won’t run excessively. 
  • Lastly, do a light spring cleaning around the house, like vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and tidying things up. You have a nice and clean house to enjoy when you get back from your long vacation.

Home Safety Measures

  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
  • Turn off water to the interior of the house. This will prevent an undiscovered water leak that will end up costing thousands of dollars in damage. 
  • Leave faucet taps open to relieve pressure when you turn the water system back on so it won’t blow out the gaskets. 
  • Turn off the water valves to sinks, dishwater, washing machine, and toilets.
  • Set several lights on times, or ask the house sitter to rotate which lights are turned on. 

Hire a House Sitter

Hire a house sitter that you can trust, wherever that be a trusted friend or neighbor to periodically check inside your home. The house sitter’s job should include:

  • Taking care of any animals such as dogs or cats.
  • Collect and confirm mail is being held.
  • Flush all toilets so that the sewer gasses don’t build up.
  • Adjust the thermostat to a comfortable temperature the day before you arrive.
  • Confirm the landscape service is cutting and managing your lawn.

How to Prepare Your Yard

There are a few simple tasks to prepare your yard before you go.

  • A couple of days before you plan to leave, weed border, deadhead flowering plants, and mow the lawn.
  • Fill water containers or ready a hose for your house sitter to keep your plants watered. 
  • If you have recently harvested your crops, you should either eat or properly store them away to preserve your harvest.
  • Water potted plants by placing a saucer beneath the pots to collect water. Move them to a shady spot where they will dry out less quickly.
  • When taking a long vacation, hire a landscape service to ensure that your yard, crops, and plants are well taken care of. This will ease your mind and let you fully enjoy your trip.

About Simple Life Landscaping

Planning a long holiday vacation is exciting and fun, but also can be nerve-racking. To help ease your mind, hiring a house sitter and a landscaping service will have your home prepared. 

Simple Life Landscaping has been providing the highest quality of landscaping design, installation, and maintenance service for Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Asheville. If you want to learn more and get a free evaluation of how to better prepare your landscape, visit Simple Life Landscaping is ready to serve you with dependable and professional quality landscaping. 

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