Keep your home safe: Top things that you must do before leaving for vacation

Leaving your home for a number of days or weeks means having to anticipate anything and everything that could go wrong. Make sure that you do these steps before leaving your home for that awaited vacation trip.

 

Security

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If you have a an alarm system installed in your home, make sure that it’s all set up before you leave. Lock all windows and doors, and install deadbolts on your doors as an extra security feature.

 

Turn the water off

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Prevent any possible water damage before you leave for vacation by turning off your entire home’s water supply. This way, you’ll avoid any possible water damage, like frozen pipes, water damage from leaking water heaters or a possible burst in your water pipes.

 

Adjust your thermostat

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Since no one will be around, set your thermostat to a temperature that will give your furnace or central air a bit of a break, depending on the season.

 

Put a hold on mail and newspaper deliveries

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You can easily put a hold on your mail while you’re away on vacation. You can fill out this form online or a card at the post office. If you have newspapers delivered to your home, make sure that you contact the necessary person to stop the deliveries while you’re on vacation too.

 

Ask someone to water your plants

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Have a friend or a neighbor stop by your house to water your plants. This is especially important for your indoor plants if you will be away on vacation for more than two weeks.

 

Pets

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Make arrangements for your pets. If you’re planning on boarding them, make sure that you make reservations a few weeks in advance, especially if it’s peak vacation season. Otherwise, have a friend or neighbor check on your pets and feed them while you’re away.

 

Notify your bank

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See to it that you notify your bank about going away for vacation lest you find yourself going through the hassle of having your bank-linked debit or credit card flagged for suspicious activity.

 

Bills

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It’s a good idea to set up auto pay to cover your bills while you’re away on vacation. This way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of catching up on unpaid bills or having to go online and pay bills while you’re on vacation.

 

Unplug electronics

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Most electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when they’re turned off. Unplug the television, coffee maker, computers, microwave oven, etc before you leave the house for vacation.

 

Food

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Plan ahead. Should you buy any perishables a week before you leave for vacation, make sure to just buy enough for that week’s consumption. This way, you’ll avoid coming back to spoiled or rotten food items when you come back from your trip.

 

Clean

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Lastly, clean your house before you leave for vacation. You wouldn’t want to come back to a messy home. Take out the trash, wash the dishes, finish most of the laundry if you can, wipe down kitchen counters and vacuum the floors and curtains.


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