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Weekend Home Checklist


I hope that we have inspired at least one or two of you to consider getting a weekend home.  We have loved our home for the last 6 years.  We are going through a bit of work right now, but even if we knew that we would have to work on the home, we would do it again.  I started thinking about what a person needs to move in to a weekend home.  If you are like my family, we have been collecting things for years at our current home.  It has been a long time since we were college students and moved into a home with almost nothing. 

I found this list and it fits for your weekend home too:
Moving into your first apartment.

My advice to anyone considering a weekend home-

Get a programmable thermostat.  Set it so that the air comes on before you get there each week.  Even if you don’t make it that week, it is good for the house to have air on regularly. 

Write out the instructions for your home.  We have friends who have used our house when we were not there.  We leave instructions on turning on the hot water heater, where the supplies are, and how to shut the house down before leaving.

Buy extra stuff off season.  I have a supply of swim shoes in a variety of sizes, t shirts, toothbrushes, combs, beach towels, sunglasses, and sunscreen.  I want the friends and family who come to be able to enjoy their visit even if they forgot stuff.  I buy it when it is on clearance and keep it in a basket in the linen closet.

Plan fun into every weekend. 

Have a routine to open and close the house each week.  We can shut the house down in 30 minutes if we are running late and that includes cleaning, turning off the water, taking out the trash and packing. 

Enjoy your home.

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