Leaving for a vacation can be a chaotic time for many of us. The “to do” list just seems to get longer and longer in the days leading up to your trip. Work tasks need to be completed and houses are frantically cleaned by those who loathe returning at the end of a relaxing trip to find a dirty and messy house greeting them. In the midst of all this preparation do not forget to prepare for leaving your house empty for several days.
Air conditioning/heating can be switched to a different setting if nobody is living in the house while you are gone. Remember if you have pets in the home do not leave the temperature too hot or too cold. If there is a chance in the winter that temperatures can get below freezing, leave the central heating on low to avoid freezing pipes.
If you are traveling for a week or more, don’t forget to stop the mail. Details for doing this are found on the Post Office main website. You can also inform them when you will be returning so that the mail can be delivered that day, saving you a trip to the Post Office to collect it. This will help to avoid parcels being left on your doorstep that are screaming “empty home” to those who are looking to break in.
Many of us like to post photos of our vacations on social media or check-in to places online. Just remember that if you are posting publicly on your personal or business profiles, you are actually advertising that your home is empty and you are out of town. You can still post those great photos, but post them when you return back home.
So… remember that although the lead up to a vacation can be stressful, once you close the door and head to the mountains, beach, etc… it will be worth it. Enjoy!
If you need help getting your home cleaned beforehand, please call Norma and her clean team at 480-821-1481. We background check all our staff.