Tips for Travelers

Here at Kliethermes Homes and Remodeling, we love a great vacation. Sun in our hair, sand in our toes, a colorful drink in our hands… It’s a great feeling to get away with family and friends to de-stress and rejuvenate after a busy season at work. I always come back from a trip with a renewed spirit and motivation to tackle whatever lies ahead. Can you relate?

While traveling is exhilarating, there’s nothing worse than worrying about the house while I’m away. Did we turn the lights off? Are packages piling up at the front door? What if there’s a break-in? These questions put a damper on things when all I want to do is to kick back with my wife and kids. So, I have a list of do’s and don’ts that I follow before each trip. That way, no matter where I am, I can be sure things are secure and running smoothly while I’m gone.

Prepare in Advance:

A few weeks before you leave, notify the post office that you’ll be away. Nothing says “we’re out of town” like a pile of packages around your front door. Another thing to think about is what you’re posting on social media. It’s probably not a great idea to alert all of your Facebook “friends” of your absence—you never know who will see the post. Lastly, right before you leave, be sure to turn off the water main, set your light timers, and leave a key with a trusted friend who can check in while you’re gone.

Install an Integrated Security System:

Nothing eases your mind more while you’re soaking in the sun than knowing your house is secure. The Nest Cam is a great tool for this. Even from your lounge chair, you can see exactly what is going on inside your house—in real time. In addition, some integrated security systems like Front Porch and Protect America provide options you can control with your smart phone. Can’t remember if you locked the door? You can check with the swipe of your finger. Need to make sure the thermostat is set? Easily make adjustments and get back to your fun.

Double Duty:

Want to be productive even when you’re relaxing with your family? Contact us to schedule your home remodeling project during the time you’ll be away. With our Builder Trends portal, you can enjoy daily monitoring capabilities and regular updates on progress. The best part? You won’t have to deal with the mess of a renovation and when you get home, the project will be finished! Now, that’s a happy ending. Just give us a call or visit our website. Kliethermes Homes and Remodeling will make it happen.

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