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If you're getting ready to go on summer vacation, don't forget to prepare your house for your departure as well. Read this post by Walker & Frick Construction Co. in Richmond, VA for helpful tips.

How to Prepare Your Home Before You Leave on Vacation

If upon your return, you notice your home needs professional property restoration in Richmond, VA, call Walker & Frick Construction Co. at 804 282 128 to get the job done.

Mind the Electricity

Electricity, while extremely helpful in our day to day life, can be tricky and even dangerous, as it may lead to unexpected electrical fires, even if you're not in your home. That's why, before you leave for your well-deserved vacation, you need to unplug any appliances or devices from the outlets, so that you can prevent an eventuality while you're away. Taking this step can also benefit your wallet immensely, as your electric bill won't keep adding up. As you know, appliances suck on power even if they're off. Unplugging them fully will keep them from wasting your precious resources. If you'll be leaving for a long time, it may even be a good idea to unplug the refrigerator. Before you do, however, be sure to empty it out, clean it thoroughly, and to leave it open, so you don't come back to a moldy, disgusting mess.

Shut Down the Water and Gas Supplies

As with the electricity, nobody will be using the water and/or gas while you're away, which is why it is best to shut down their supplies as well. As you're probably aware, the consequences of having water or gas leaks can be incredibly dire, ranging from water damage, mold growth, gas poisoning, explosions, property damage, and much more. So, in order to prevent getting a distress call because an accident occurred while you're enjoying your time off, you should locate the water and gas pipes, and close them off entirely.

Ensure Your Pets Are Taken Care Of

Needless to say, your pets are an important part of your family. That's why, if they won't be coming with you on your vacation, it is imperative that you find a way to keep them safe, clean, and well-fed while you're not there. To that end, you can do a few of things. First, you can search for a pet hotel that will be able to tend to their needs and look after them, so you can relax while you're away. Another thing you can do is ask a close friend or relative to watch out for them (they can take your pets to their place or visit them at your home with regularity). Lastly, you can leave your pets at home, but make sure they'll have everything they need to live comfortably (enough water, food, a comfy bed, and a place where they can go to the bathroom).

Trust in Walker & Frick Construction Co. for all of your property restoration needs. Contact them at 804 282 128 to get a free estimate on water, smoke, fire, and mold remediation.

Lock Your House Down

Burglars are looking for empty houses to break into and steal their stuff. To make sure you won't fall victim to intruders, you need to lock your house down before your departure. A few things to keep in mind is that you should close all of your windows, doors, and gates with lock. Moreover, you should shut down the curtains and drapes, so nobody will be able to peak inside. If you have a spare key around your house, remove it, so no one will be able to take it. If you want to take it a step further, you could have an alarm and video surveillance system installed, so you can have peace of mind and truly enjoy your time off.

Ask a Friend to Keep an Eye Out

Last but not least, even if you take all of the precautions mentioned in this post, it is a good idea to have a trustworthy friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house while you're on vacation. This way, they can ensure that everything is well, pick up your mail, water your plants, and take care of anything else that may need tending to. It's also highly suggested that you share your itinerary and contact information with this person (when you're expected back, where you'll be going, where you'll be staying, and where they can reach you), in case this comes in handy at some point.

Remember that Walker & Frick Construction Co. can restore your home in an efficient and timely manner. Call 804 282 128 for more information on their services.