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TOP TIPS – Away From Home For Work or a Nice Holiday? Think House-Sitters

18 Feb, 2015

TOP TIPS – Away From Home For Work or a Nice Holiday? Think House-Sitters

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Away From Home for a While? Need home security? House-sitters can help!

The key to home management in your absence
The key to home management in your absence

There will often come a time in our lives when we leave home for a few weeks, traveling off on holiday or on business, entrusting our houses to house sitters or simply leaving them empty. This can, understandably, be a rather stress-inducing process. Our homes are our sanctuaries. During the day to day normality of life we’re fine leaving them unattended for hours, days at a time, but any longer period and the mind sometimes begins to race, thinking of all of the terrible events that could befall your most treasured possession. How, then, do we put our minds at ease?

Unplug

Unplug non-essential electronics

Unplug non-essential electronics

This is the most important tip in this article. If you want to avoid electrical fires, short circuits and, less importantly, a large electricity bill when you get home, then make sure that every single plug in your home is firmly switched to the ‘off’ position, and, if possible, turn off the electricity at the mains. This tip is especially important in older homes with antiquated wiring and plug systems.

Get House-Sitters

House-Sitter Vet Nurse Jo
House-Sitter Vet Nurse Jo

If you can’t stomach leaving your home alone, find house-sitters, get someone to stay in your house whilst you’re away. This service can often be free – it’s free accommodation for the house-sitters, after all – but there are a couple of things you should do before entrusting them with your property. Make sure you know for sure where valuables are in the house, so in the extremely unlikely event of theft you can be certain the worst has occurred. Next make sure the sitter has a comfortable, clean bed to stay in; if all of your mattresses are beat, perhaps think about getting a clearance item from an online site such as BEDSTAR. It won’t cost as much as you think.

House-sitters can help with chores around the house
House-sitters can help with chores around the house

Don’t Broadcast the Fact

You may feel the urge to broadcast to the world, via social media, that you’re heading off on a wonderful, long, holiday. Don’t. Criminals nowadays are increasingly tech savvy, and your efforts to inform (or inspire envy) may act like a massive arrow pointing at your completely empty house!

Throw Away Perishable Foods

Milk, bread, meats and vegetables; all of these should definitely be thrown in the trash before your house-sitters arrive and you head off on holiday, lest your home smell decidedly disgusting when you return from your trip. Imagine having to deal with that on top of the post-vacation blues!

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