You want your honeymoon to be magical and memorable. To fully indulge in the luxury, however, you have to cross your I’s and dot your T’s first.
Here are four home maintenance tasks to manage before your honeymoon to enjoy greater peace of mind during your travels.
1. Clean Up Your Exterior
You know that nobody is home, but thieves don’t. However, why give them cover to case the joint while you’re away? Trim all bushes and hedges to 3 feet or shorter to deter miscreants set on breaking and entering.
You don’t want to come home to a nasty green pool — or face a possible HOA fine for drawing mosquitos. Before departure, test your free chlorine to cyanuric acid ratio. If the latter number creeps up, you may need to shock the water.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat and Water Heater
If you get married in the summer, feel free to turn your AC off — or crank it up to 90 degrees if you live somewhere like Phoenix. Winter newlyweds should keep it at 50 to 55 degrees to prevent damage from pipe freezing.
Another way to prevent water damage is to turn yours off at the source. That way, if you do experience a leak, you’ll only flood your home with a few gallons, and not a constantly flowing stream.
3. Check All Alarm Components
You know to set your alarm before you leave — but have you tested all the components? Ensure you can access your security cameras by phone before getting a new passport stamp.
Likewise, take a few moments to test your smoke detectors, especially if you live in a multi-unit dwelling. The noise could alert neighbors to signs of trouble. If yours is linked to your home security system, you want to ensure the fire department arrives before the damage grows too severe.
4. Address Potential Hazards
Along those lines, please investigate your home for potential hazards. Be alert, as these can hide in tricky places. For example, that display glass on your windowsill could spark a fire if the sun hits it at the right angle.
Even if you have a home security system, it pays to put tempting objects out of sight. Please close your blinds and keep valuables like laptops and jewelry away from windowsills where passersby may feel tempted to smash and grab.
Manage These Home Maintenance Tasks Before Your Honeymoon
You want your honeymoon memories to remain pristine — meaning you don’t want to return to a disaster! But you can manage these four home maintenance tasks before your honeymoon for ultimate peace of mind.