I once read this horrific story about a couple who returned home from a relaxing vacation to find a fridge full of maggots. I’m not talking about a few here and there, I’m talking about EVERYWHERE. Inside, outside, between the cracks, you name it! They proceeded to spend the next several hours cleaning and disinfecting their fridge. If it were me I would’ve lit a match and burned the house down…but that’s beside the point.
You may be wondering where I’m going with this. The moral of the story? Before you go on vacation, it is extremely important to think about the things you need to do for the house. I know you’re too excited about everything else including packing your clothes, toiletries, and making sure you have all the right beautifying tools. Using this poor young couple as a cautionary tale however, the last thing you want to do is come home to a fridge full of maggots because you forgot about that bag of chicken in your freezer. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before you leave:
- Turn off the main water supply – the last thing you want to happen is a leak and coming home to ankle deep water in your house.
- Check your sump pump – dump a bucket of water to make sure it’s in working condition. Basement floods are no fun.
- Unplug all your electronics – Not only will you prevent any possibility of a fire, you’ll save some extra money on electricity too!
- Pour some antifreeze in the toilet if you’re leaving in the winter time – Frozen was an awesome movie, not an awesome adjective for your toilet =)
- Arrange for snow removal or lawn mowing while you’re gone – depending on the time of year you are leaving, you’ll want to keep this in mind lest you want to come back from a nice vacation with an ugly fine from the city.
- Remove perishables from your fridge- Maggots. Enough Said.
Of course, there are plenty of other things to keep in mind when travelling like contacting your credit card company, exchanging currency, having your mail forwarded or stopped, and everything in between. Keep these simple tips in mind however, and at least you won’t come home to a catastrophic headache of creepy crawlies in your kitchen. Safe travels everyone!