Published on July 19, 2018
Prepping your home for vacation
Planning a vacation can ironically become a stressful process. Lessen your worries while traveling by prepping accordingly to ensure your home and your belongings are safe and well maintained while you’re away. Here are some of our tips for prepping your home for vacation.
Hold your mail and newspaper
An overflowing mailbox can be a red flag for potential burglars or vandalists. Holding your mail has become a pretty simple task, simply head over to the USPS website and complete their hold mail form online. You can do schedule your request up to 30 days in advance, or as short notice as the day prior. Most newspaper publications offer similar online forms, we recommend doing a quick online search to find the form for your local newspaper.
Double check all window and door locks
Sounds like a no brainer, but you would be surprised how many homeowners leave town without checking the integrity of all window and door locks. A good practice can be to screw the windows shut, an easy and reversible way to ensure they are secure.
Park your car inside the garage
If you have a garage, it’s a good idea to park your car inside the garage to avoid damage and potential break ins.
Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway periodically
This is a good way to make it appear like there is still activity at your home. Alternatively, you could ask a close friend or family member to stop by from time to time to check on the house and show some movement.
Arrange for your lawn to be maintained
An overgrown yard is yet another sign that no one is home. Be sure to arrange for a lawn service or neighbor to stop by and keep your lawn in check.
Unplug small appliances and electronics
Not only is this a safety practice, but it’s more efficient for your energy bill.
Adjust your thermostat
Be sure to set your thermostat to be closer to outdoor temperatures while you are gone to lower your energy bill while away. Be mindful not to avoid lowering or increasing the temperature to any extreme level that could cause damage to your home or valuables.
Check your smoke detectors
It’s a good idea to give each detector a fresh set of batteries and to check that they are all functioning properly.
Throw out any food and trash
A commonly forgotten step, and one you’ll totally regret forgetting. Be sure to double check your pantry, fridge and freezer and dispose of anything that could go bad or become stale while you’re away. Also, be sure to take out the trash right before you leave—including bathroom or bedroom trash cans!
Run your garbage disposal with vinegar or lemon
This is a great trick to naturally clean your disposal to avoid gnats or stinky smells accumulating from bacteria spreading while you are away.
Do you have any other tips for prepping your home for vacation? Share them with us below!