Monday, November 25, 2013

Maintaining your vacation home

Investing in a vacation home where you can go and escape to every weekend or simply whenever you need a break, may pay off in the long run. It’s definitely cheaper than hotel stays, as long as you take care to maintain it properly. 

Cultivate the habit of cleaning up after yourself before you close your vacation home. Take out all leftover food from the fridge and trash from all wastebaskets in the house, to keep insects and pests away.

It’s all well and good if you have a trustworthy caretaker or two who can clean regularly and do minor repairs. However, if you prefer to take matters into your own hands, here are a couple of tips to keep your rest house clean and well maintained. 

Cultivate the habit of cleaning up after yourself before you close your vacation home. Take out all leftover food from the fridge and trash from all wastebaskets in the house, to keep insects and pests away. Another way to keep pests away is by leaving insect repelling wax bars with a citronella or lemongrass scent. These are good organic options available at major groceries and specialty stores. 

Do a general cleaning exercise throughout the entire house before you leave. Use a damp rag with a mixture of water and cleaning liquid to clean surfaces, and then use a dry rag to wipe them dry after. Start on tables and counters first before the floors, as dust may fall on the floors while you’re cleaning tables. Sweep the floors and pay special attention to corners where most dust may collect. Finally, cover your furniture with cotton cloths to keep the dust away. After all, you wouldn’t want to come home to a dusty sofa on your next visit. 

Before you go, take note of busted light bulbs, peeling paint, water leaks and other maintenance problems, so you can schedule the needed minor repair work or renovation. If it’s just a broken light bulb, you could bring a fresh one on your next visit. 

Also, be sure to unplug all appliances and turn off the main circuit breaker and water supply in your vacation home, before you leave. Do a quick run-through of all entrances to the house, and make sure to close and lock all doors windows properly. - Aislinn Kee 


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