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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Travel

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Travel

It has been a long and challenging year for people in northeast South Carolina. People have had to navigate all sorts of new waters with remote work and education while doing their best to make sure they cared for the needs of their neighbors and loved ones. Companies have found unique and creative means to ensure their trusted employees remain on the payroll, and small businesses have continued to push forward despite all odds. 

Myrtle Beach is not entirely insulated from these struggles, but we have fared well compared to many places. Homeowners in our area generally rest somewhat easier than those in places where economies were already struggling.

Our housing market is strong and homeowners have seen property values continue to rise. At the same time, prices remain lower than many cities that have been hit harder by the effects of the pandemic, so people are still relocating to this area at a rapid rate. 

Believe it or not, the holidays are rapidly approaching. Some will be traveling throughout the country, while others in our area will welcome family and friends. Here are some tips for making sure your home is ready for the holidays. 

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Traveling

Homeowners who plan to travel need to prepare their homes when they leave. Here are some key tips for travelers:

Deterring Burglars

Burglars are much more likely to break into your home when you are not. Here are a few steps you can take to deter would-be thieves:

  • Alert your neighbors you are out of town. 
  • Have neighbors collect mail and keep packages from piling up on your porch. 
  • Cut the grass and ensure landscaping will not get out-of-hand while you are away. 
  • Leave some lights on and a television or radio.
  • Park cars in the garage if possible. 
  • Install and set a burglar alarm. 
  • Have a house sitter check on pets and look for signs of break-ins.

While there is no way to guarantee to avoid issues with your property, these steps will go a long way toward deterring would-be burglars. 

Maintaining Efficiency

While you’re away, you do not want your house to use more energy than it should. However, you should never shut off your HVAC system, unplug appliances, or turn off your water heater. It always uses more energy to reheat or cool your home, water heater, and refrigerator than you gain by turning those things off. Additionally, turning off your heating air conditioning system means it’s not dehumidifying, which can lead to moisture problems. Raising or lowering your thermostat by 5 degrees is as dramatic a change as you want to make. 

One efficiency solution is to invest in smart appliances and thermostats, especially if you travel frequently. 

Welcoming Your Return

When you return, you want to make sure you have not left yourself a pile of chores to do. Before you leave, do a deep clean of your home, take out the garbage, and throw out any food that will spoil during your trip. 

Tips for Preparing for Visitors

For homeowners in Myrtle Beach, you may find your house is the go-to place for friends and family. It’s much milder for those who live north and west, and the beach is delightful in fall and winter. If the travelers are coming to you, here are a few tips to help you and they have the best experience. 

  1. Lawn Care: The weather will likely be right for spending time outdoors, so make sure your lawn and yard are ready.
  2. Cleaning: Remember when you clean that your visitors will likely make a mess, so clean well, enlist help, and do not let this project be stressful. 
  3. Decoration: Make sure your house is festive, but remember, your family wants to spend time with you, so only decorate as much as you enjoy. 
  4. Itinerary: Do not schedule every moment of every day with an airtight itinerary. Make sure there is time for just enjoying each other’s company. 
  5. Enjoyment: Your friends and family will want to spend as much time together as possible. Do not forget, however, that there is plenty to do in Myrtle Beach. Whether it’s entertainment on the Grand Strand or playing lawn games outside, make sure there is time to enjoy the weather and area fun. 

Buy a Home that Fits Your Lifestyle

Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to own a home, whether you are young with small children or ready to retire. We are close to major cities, have a wonderful airport, and housing to fit every lifestyle. Are you retired and plan to travel? If so, RealStar Homes has luxurious, well-appointed condos. Do you plan to host holiday dinners? If so, RealStar Homes has spacious houses with nice yards, garages, and plenty of parking. If you are ready to buy a home in Myrtle Beach, make sure you speak first with our expert team at RealStar Homes.