Sunday, July 24, 2016

How Can You Avoid a Home Disaster When You Are Away on Vacation?

So picture the scene. You have just arrived home from a summer vacation. You are happy with your tanned skin are now just dreading the amount of laundry that you will have to do. You drive into your neighborhood and then you see that you no longer have a home. It has all burnt down! Talk about a vacation nightmare! How did this happen? How did no one tell you about it? One of the first things you need to do is tell your close neighbors that you are going away on vacation. If they can, have them stop by every so often, to check on things. They could bring in your mail and check on things like the electrics. Then a disaster like a house fire could be completely avoided. So, a pretty extreme example there. But what other disasters could happen when you are out of the home?

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Imagine trying to get the laundry done and then all of a sudden your washer breaks and floods the house. You could just decide to make the home a large swimming pool. But that won’t get the laundry clean, will it? So having some emergency numbers handy is so useful. Flooding can stop electrics from working, so it might be difficult to use the home internet or the home phone. So have backups to hand. Then you can call someone in as soon as you need to. This goes for all plumbing related things. If you need to fix your blocked sink or toilet, you want it to be dealt with pronto. Leaving things like that will just become stinky and gross. So have a list of handymen and plumbers that you like to use. That is, of course, if you don’t know how to fix these types of things yourself.

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If you are away from home for a few weeks, you could start to get a build-up of mold or mildew on the walls. This can be especially true in the winter months. So how can you combat this? If you go away a lot, you need to have some helpful and trustworthy friends. You will be relying on them to help you out a bit again. If your home is susceptible to this kind of thing, then make plans before you leave. Getting a dehumidifier is a great idea too. Have your friends or neighbors put that on for you every few days. Then it can take lots of the moisture out of the house. The rooms to focus on are in the basement in particular. Then just other rooms depending on what the weather is like. Lots of rain when you are away, equals lots of use of the dehumidifier!

Most of all, just make sure that you have home insurance. So if the worst thing does happen, you can deal with it in a quick and relatively inexpensive way. Have you ever had an unforeseen disaster at home? If so, how did you deal with it?

xxo
Kim

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