Tips to Prep Your Home Before You Leave For Vacation

Prep Your Home

Whether you are enjoying a long weekend away, or getting ready to embark on a multi-week adventure, you will want to prepare your home before you leave. These must-do tasks to prep your home will give you peace of mind while you’re gone and allow you to come back home to your house the way you left it. 

Clean out the refrigerator

Think ahead and start to use up your groceries in the days leading up to your vacation to limit the waste. But, unless you will only be gone for a day or two it is best to get rid of whatever is in your fridge so you don’t come back to an unpleasant surprise.

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Empty the trash

Similar to #1 above, you don’t want to come home to an unpleasant odor, so be sure to empty all of the trash cans throughout your home.

Have someone check on your home

Whether you give a friend or family member a key or just ask them to drive by your home on a regular basis, it’s best to ensure someone has an eye on your property when you are gone.

Hold your mail

If you will be gone for more than a few days, it is best to place a hold on mail delivery with the US Postal Service. A mailbox stuffed with mail is a sure sign that you are out of town and your home is vacant.

Plan for pets, plants, and yard care

Depending on how long you will be gone, you will not only want to ensure your pets are cared for but also your houseplants, flowerbeds, and lawn. Trust us, you don’t want to come home from an amazing vacation to knee-high grass and dead plants!

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Keep your home lit

Make your house look occupied while you’re gone by setting various lights with timers. Set your porch lights or front hallway lights on a timer, so it appears someone is home. This is a cheap way to make burglars turn away from your house.

Last-minute to-do’s

You are excited to leave for vacation, but taking just a few minutes before you leave can help keep your home secure.

  • Unplug all electronics
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Turn off the main water supply
  • Set the thermostat according to the season – to a higher temperature during the summer and a cooler temperature during the winter
  • Set your home alarm

Most importantly, have fun! Knowing your home is secure will allow you to sit back and enjoy your vacation away from home.