It’s that time of year when many snowbirds return north to their
primary home in Canada or the US.Here are some handy tips that we do for our friends
that you can use as a starter of how to close up your Mexican home.
- Remove all water from iron (or you will have small
ants in your iron when you return!)
- Purchase humidity beads and place in small
containers throughout your condo.Ensure
someone comes in once per week to empty and/or change the humidity beads.Humidity beads are available at grocery
stores and Home Depot.
- Open all closet doors and shower doors – mold and
mildew form in places that have no sun nor air movement.
- Leave all ceiling fans running on slow speed to
keep air movement circulating.
- Turn off water at main tap to condo or casa.
- Unplug all items connected to a power grid.There are a lot of power surges in the rainy
season and even with a power surge protector, it is better to have items
- Move all furniture items away from the walls –
this is good for all year round.Mold
and mildew form in places that have no sun nor air movement.
- Put satellite service on seasonal disconnect;
downgrade internet/phone service if applicable.
- Pay for Mexican cellular phone bill,
electricity, water, etc. or learn how to pay online for months you are away.
- Use up, give away, donate all perishable food
items from cupboards and fridge.Do not leave
items in your fridge that could go bad if electricity goes out – power outages
are common in rainy season and food will spoil in both your fridge and freezer
if out for long periods of time.The
smell in a closed container will be very difficult to remove when you return.
- Lock up valuables.Do not leave them unlocked in your condo.
- Put flat plastic covers on all drains to avoid
sewer smells and bugs coming up through the drains in to your condo.
- If your condo balcony or terrace is prone to
flooding, place rolled up towels at the doors or windows to soak up water in
case of heavy downfall.
- Take all outdoor furniture inside the condo to get
- Unhook battery of car, wrap car with tarp to
reduce wear from elements.
- Put out pilot light if you are not having your condo
cleaned or anyone staying in your condo while away.
- Have someone check on your condo regularly
(every two weeks or monthly) as well as right after storms to ensure there is
- Fumigate regularly to avoid termites,
cockroaches and ants.