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Winter time is here…… and all I want to do is go on vacation! Right now in Wisconsin I totally get why they call it the “Frozen Tundra”. If you are planning a winter vacation here’s a couple of tips to help you get your homestead ready as you pack for your dream destination.
First of all you still need to keep it warm at the homestead. At least 55 degrees to keep the pipes from freezing! We keep it in the low 60’s. Plus when I get home I like it not to be too cold. Another tip for those pipes, go around your home and open all of the cabinet doors under the faucets to let the heat circulate. I also keep one faucet open on the lowest level to allow air and excess water to drain.
Just as in the summer, make sure that you unplug any unused appliances, such as coffee makers, toasters, tablets etc. Not only does it save on electricity it also helps keeps down the chances of a fire starting. For the sake of security you may want to consider having your lights on timer a and having both the timer and your lights plugged in.
Speaking of security you can also consider having a security system installed before you go on vacation. Or you can even get a smart home system that you can control both the heat, lights and even camera systems right to your smartphone.
To repel rodents, you shouldn’t have any open food. If you have any open non perishables make sure that they are kept in air tight containers. Remove any trash and recyclables from the home.
Empty the fridge. If I have anything that is going to expire before vacation out it goes. I have to admit sometimes when I come home from vacation it’s nice to feel like it’s a fresh start in the kitchen!
Stop your mail. You can go to the post office website and have them suspend your mail until you return. We also let a trusted next door neighbor know that we are out of town so that if there are any packages that arrive, they can take them in for us.
Sometimes during winter travel there are things that can happen to the house that are unexpected as much as we try to protect our home. As a final backup, we are lucky enough to have one of our family members who live close to us. We leave them with a key incase of anything. They can come in and check in on the house. We also leave them a list of professionals who we work with and trust to fix something if we have a pipe burst, or something goes wrong. It is always good to have a list of what to do if something was to happen. If they were to need a payment immediately you should have something figured out before you leave. Either a credit card number on file or someway to pay.
Hopefully this gives you a quick checklist to go through before you pack your bags for that next winter getaway.
And until next time….