You’ve spent all your time preparing for what you’ll need and what you’ll do while on your vacation, but don’t forget what you’ll be leaving behind. You shouldn’t have to worry about your house and belongings while on vacation if you remember to do these 15 things.
- Tell a trusted neighbor about your vacation. Give them your itinerary, emergency phone numbers, house key, information about your house and line them up to help. Ask them to check your house (front porch) for any deliveries while you are away and collect your newspapers and mail. Get them to take your garbage can to the curb on garbage day.
- Or, you can contact the post office to put a hold on your mail. You can do this online at www.usps.com.
- Contact your newspaper delivery service to put a hold on your newspapers. You may be able to do this online so check your newspapers web site.
- Use plug in timers inside your house to have different lamps come on throughout the day- especially at night.
- Clean out your refrigerator before you leave. Toss anything that will expire before you return. You don’t want to return to the smell of expired food.
- Turn the temperature down on your refrigerator. Keep it at a safe level, but don’t run it on the coldest setting.
- If possible, leave a car in your driveway to make the house look like someone is home.
- Adjust the temperature on your air conditioner or heater. Set your air conditioner about 10 degrees below the average outside temp while you are away. This will help save some money! But, don’t turn it off completely.
- Unplug appliances and electronics that will not be used while on vacation (don’t unplug the ones attached to the timers).
- Turn off your water and gas. Turn off water at the street, if you can. If not, shut off the water to your dishwasher and washing machine. Turn off the pilot light to your gas and turn off the water heater or set it to vacation mode.
- Empty all the inside trashcans.
- Water your plants.
- Secure outdoor items such as patio furniture and children’s toys.
- Don’t forget to take care of your pets. Line up a neighbor or relative to feed your pets or make arrangements for them to board at your vet’s office.
- Lock your doors and windows, set the alarm and close your garage!
I think that’s about it… What did we miss?
This Blog was written by Beth Green with Exclusive Travel Partners.
Contact Beth Green at firstname.lastname@example.org for your next trip to Walt Disney World trip or beyond.