Keeping a house closed is never a good idea; especially if you need to keep it closed for months or even years. While it is true that you could cover your furniture well to save it and store away the valuables in a more durable way; it still doesn’t guarantee that the house is going to be in perfect condition when you return.
Setting up a house sitter is probably the best option for the house; but this too, we know, isn’t always possible.
If you had no choice but to keep your house closed, and if you’re dreading coming back to a nasty smelling, dust filled house that isn’t suitable for living (at least not immediately) then perhaps our experts’ tips and ideas may be of use to you.
The neighborhood friend’s help
If you have a friend you trust living close your house, pull out a favor and ask them to check on the house once in a while when you’re away. Ask them if they could possibly check in with the furniture and open up the windows for a few hours. Letting in air once in a while will ensure that nothing in the house, including its walls, don’t get ruined by being shut in.
Professional help for cleaning
If it’s only been a few weeks or a month at the most, then we’re pretty sure you can handle the mess with a broom and your trusty steam cleaner.But, if your stay away from home has been for longer, or if you or your children are prone to dust allergies or even asthma, then perhaps it’s best if you use professional help to get your house cleaned before you get back home. This way, you don’t have to suffer while the cleaning is happening.
Doing the cleaning yourself
If you feel like the mess in your house doesn’t need professional help, then that’s completely fine. Just make sure that you have a “battle plan”. Sweep-mop-sweep is the general idea. But if you feel like your sofas and mattresses might be a little dusty after the initial sweep and mop (despite their protective cover); then go with sweep, mop, use asteam cleaner(on mattress, sofa and even curtains if needed), and then sweep again.
Get rid of the “creatures that creep and crawl”
Depending on how long your house has been kept closed, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment with a local pest control service. Schedule it so that they get it done at least a week before you arrive back home. Again, it may be a good idea to have someone you trust stick around as they work, depending on how you’ve stored your valuables. If you decide to opt for professional cleaning, make sure to schedule the pest control in before you do the cleaning.