Folks lucky enough to get away for six to eight weeks or even the whole summer will need to do some planning. Everyone knows the organizational tips for packing dirty laundry or souvenirs bought on the trip, but what people going away for an extended time need are ways to keep the home fires from burning while they are away. Here are a few ideas.
Rent a Storage Unit
Protecting valuable while you are away is one of the top priorities, when you can’t take everything with you. Hire a storage unit and put important items away for the duration of the trip, as well as major appliances that could cause a fire in the owners absence, which can save a bit on the power bill as well. Find a self Storage San Francisco to get all your important documents and valuables protected while your away. Burglars wondering if the house is occupied during the trip won’t find anything to take when the important things are in storage.
Hire a Home Automation Service
It isn’t always easy to find friends and family to come into the house while the owner is away, especially for long periods of time. The lights, sprinklers, and even the air conditioning unit need to be turned on periodically. A home automation service will work when a timer on the lights won’t. Getting professionals on the case can ensure your house will be well tended to even in the even of an emergency. Hiring professionals will ensure the vacationer doesn’t have to file a police report on their return.
Arrange to Pay Bills Online
Vacationers might not be able to take their laptops with them on vacation, and having the utilities and the phone turned off mean worry for the vacationer. Pay the bills on the smart phone or online automatically, which will take the stress out of worrying about bills while away.
Put Pets into a Kennel
If the pets can’t go on the trip, arrange to have them stay at a kennel, or if looking for a less expensive option let them live with a good friend or family member who won’t mind doing daily care. It can be hard to find someone willing to volunteer, but there are many services available for long-term care.
Brooke Chaplan is a writer and a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She loves to write about family, home, and fitness.