Heading out for March Break with the Family? Here are some tips from Mike Holmes.
March break is almost here – and if you’re a parent with kids in school, you know that this is one of the best (but also busiest) times to take a family vacation. Even better if you can abandon our winter for a little while for some place warm and sunny. Nothing like coming back to work with a tan in the middle of March!
Before you pack your bags – I’ve got a few tips to help you prepare for your next vacation to keep your home safe while you relax.
Is Your Home Secure?
When you’re gone from the house for long periods of time, does it sit there in the dark and look empty? If the house is dark night after night, that’s a clue for any would-be thieves to strike. Good locks and security systems can help deter them, but you can also take some active steps to safeguard your home.
Setting your lights on timers is a quick and easy way to make it look like somebody is home every day, but if all your lights flick on at 7pm, and shut off promptly at 11pm, some of the smarter guys out there might start to notice a pattern. With smart home technology, you can control the lights in your home, directly from your phone – no matter where you are. This means you can flip the living room light to go on at 7 one day, and 8 the next. You want to give an illusion that people are still in the home.
And finally, I like to do things the old school way – I let a trusted neighbor know when I’m going to be away and ask them to keep an eye on things (and collect the mail so it doesn’t pile up).
Keeping out the Winter Wet
Winter is unpredictable – but especially in March. Are we going to get snow? Rain? Hail? It’s hard to know what the weather will bring. And as a cost saving measure, most homeowners will close all the doors, and windows, and lower their HVAC system. But when you come home, you could be treated to that old familiar musty smell – and that could indicate mold.
So, what do you do? It makes sense to shut your HVAC and dehumidifiers down when you’re gone for long periods of time – in fact, it will probably save you money on your monthly bills. But at the end of the day, you don’t want to have to deal with mold and mildew when you return.
Enter Concrobium Moisture Grabbers. It’s known as a “desiccant,” a substance that induces or maintains a state of dryness around it. Basically, it pulls out that moisture – one of the ingredients necessary for mold to form – out of the air, into the moisture grabber, and helps maintain the humidity level in a room.
Your basements and attics will likely be your hotspots for humidity and a Concrobium Moisture Grabber XL can manage moisture for a space up to 1000 cubic feet. That will keep your space dry, and that musty odor out.
And finally, when you do travel, keep your vacation photos off social media until you’re home. Vacation photos are fun, but you’re also broadcasting that you’ve left an empty home behind.