Going on vacation is the best, especially if it means taking time away from the stress of work. While you may think you’re ready to go soak up on the sun on your summer break, though, there are some things you should make sure to do before you go. Getting these out of the way will allow you to relax once the vacation starts.
Alert your neighbors
By this, we don’t mean make them jealous about the amazing vacation you’re about to go on. It’s important to keep your neighbors in the loop about your plans so that they’ll be more alert of any suspicious activity while you’re gone. Tell them the dates that you’ll be away and ask them to pick up your mail if possible. It’s a good idea to leave them a set of house keys, as well as contact information, so they know how to reach you quickly if something happens. You can always entrust a close friend with this stuff if you’d prefer, but a neighbor will be able to see if someone tries to break in.
Speaking of which, it’s ideal to take extra precautions when you’re going to be out of the house for more than a few days. While you’ll likely have some valuables with you, some will still be at home. Find somewhere safe to store these, ideally in a place that can be locked. A good way to give off the impression that you’re still home is to have your lights on a timer, so they come in the evenings. You could see if your neighbors will do this manually for you, but that might be asking too much.
Obviously, the most important thing to remember when it comes to taking precautions is to ensure that everything is locked before you go. There’s no such thing as being too paranoid when it comes to safety. Check every door and window before you leave for your vacation.
Save some energy
When you’re not going to be at home for a week or two, the last time you want is to waste money on things you aren’t using. Be sure to lower the thermostat so that you conserve energy, and check that everything is switched off at the wall. There’s no point leaving your television plugged in when you’re not watching it.
If you have any taps that drip, ensure that these are fully turned off before leaving. A few drops of water can build up quite a lot when you’re not at home for several weeks.
Clean out the kitchen
If you’re going to be away for a week, you don’t want to leave anything in your refrigerator that’s going to spoil. That’s just asking for trouble. Make sure to throw any fresh food in the trash and take the garbage out too (otherwise, your house is going to stink). If something needs tending to that can’t wait a week, be sure to deal with it before you leave.
That goes for your bathroom, too. Pour some baking soda down the drains and the toilet, so you’re less likely to have the scent of stagnant water filling your home. Your vacation ending is bad enough without having to deal with that as well.
Pay your bills
Bills are a huge stress that you don’t want to be worrying about when you’re on vacation. If you know that some will be due while you’re away, sort them out beforehand to avoid the hassle. It will give you peace of mind and also prevent you from coming back to any urgent notices.
Vacations are a time for relaxing, even if they usually end up causing us some stress. While navigating the airport or dealing with family dramas might put a damper on your summer break, worrying about your house doesn’t have to.