5 Ways to Prep Your Home Before Your Next Trip

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Preparing for vacation is exciting, but can also be overwhelming if you leave things to the last minute. Between planning, packing, and tying up loose ends at work, it’s easy to forget some basic chores that need to be done before you leave. Here are 5 ways to make your home ready for departure and give yourself peace of mind during your vacation.

1. Cancel the Paper

Before you leave on your trip, be sure to cancel the daily newspaper or have a neighbor pick it up for you. Old newspapers will pile up outside your door and be a mess when you return. Furthermore, leaving newspapers outside for extended periods of time can signal to burglars that no one is home. Keep your home safe and your vacation stress-free by canceling delivery.

2. Set up Light Timers

The easiest way to protect your home while on vacation is to make it look as if you’re there. Setting up timers for lights throughout the house is a simple way to trick people into thinking you’re around. Choose a few lights around the house to turn on during various hours of the night and morning. This tactic will keep burglars away and is more believable than leaving one light on throughout your entire trip.

3. Clean out the Fridge

There’s nothing worse than coming home from a relaxing vacation to a messy and smelly home. Avoid this by cleaning out the fridge before you leave. Throw out anything that will spoil while you’re gone, such as milk, yogurt, and meat. Also try freezing items while on vacation in order to avoid wasting food. It’s easy to clean out your fridge and will save you cleaning time when you get home from your trip.

4. Lower the Blinds

Don’t let your electricity bill get too high while on vacation. Lowering the blinds and closing up windows will dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs. This simple trick will help insulate your home and slow the changing temperature in your house. Thus, you’ll return to a more comfortable house.

5. Plan for Your Pets

Leaving your furry friend behind is hard enough, so make sure they have a place to go while you’re away. Schedule a few weeks ahead of time with a kennel, doggy daycare, or a neighbor to watch over your pet. Waiting until the last minute will stress you out and can result in last minute confusion. Make sure your pet is in good hands before embarking on your adventure.

 

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