It’s vacation time and we hope you make the most of it! To make sure that everything is going well when you return, it is important to plan your absence and take certain precautions before you leave home .
Make sure you go through this list before you go!
1. Take pictures of your belongings
With a phone, it only takes a few minutes. But in case of theft, these photos will be very important to present and justify your belongings to the insurance company, to remind you of makes and models, etc.
2. Suspend newspaper delivery
Because a pile of newspapers left in front of the door, wet from the rain, it looks a lot like an invitation for thieves!
3. Notify a neighbor
It’s always good to ask a trusted neighbor to take a look at your house or apartment. Inform them of the date of your return and of what will happen during your absence; for example, someone will come regularly to take care of the cat, etc.
4. Close blinds and curtains
This will minimize heat build-up in the home.
5. Find someone to come from time to time
This person can for example feed the goldfish, water the plants, make sure everything is fine, etc.
6. Do the washing and dishes
It is important to make sure that no laundry stays wet in the washer and that no dirty dishes remain in the dishwasher.
7. Clean the fridge
Depending on the length of your vacation, it is best not to leave perishable items in the fridge.
8. Water the plants
If no one can come and water them during your stay, you must water all the plants beforehand! An effective trick when leaving for more than a week: assemble them in the bathtub with a background of water.
9. Take care of the lawn
It is best to mow it before you leave, so that it does not grow too much while you are away. If it is prolonged, hire someone to come and mow it at regular intervals.
10. Close windows and lock doors
It might seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook a small window in a less used room! The same goes for a door that is seldom used, for example, the one that leads to the garage.
11. Take out the trash
And if possible, ask a trusted neighbor to take them to the path on pickup day.
12. Turn off / unplug computer and other large electronic devices
This not only saves energy but also protects your home in the event of an electrical storm and/or power failure. The risk is quite low, but it is still present. And then, it only takes a few seconds to do it!
13. Pay the bills
If some bills are due during the holidays and you don’t have an automatic payment scheduled, pay the balance before you leave.
14. Turn off the air conditioning
This is a considerable energy saving!
15. Take care of the swimming pool
If you have a pool, turn off the heat pump. Also treat the water with extended life chlorine tablets.
16. Shut off the water supply
It may sound extreme, and yes, plumbing problems tend to occur in winter. That said, you can never be too careful!
17. Obtain a timer
It’s a simple, but very effective trick: installing a timer that turns a few lights on and off at different intervals makes the house or apartment appear to be inhabited.
18. Sprinkle baking soda in drains and the toilet
Not only does this clean and deodorize, it also prevents foul odors when you return.
19. Walk around the pantry
Make sure all food is properly sealed and they are in sealed containers. Otherwise, it could be that of little visitors will pay trafficking during your absence!
20. Wash sheets
It may seem futile to do it before departure, with everything there is to prepare… But what a joy to come back in clean sheets after the holidays!
21. Ensure the locks are working
According to the FBI, a burglar strikes every 25.7 seconds in the US. That adds up to more than two burglaries every minute and over 3,300 burglaries per day.Safewise.com
To prevent your home from falling prey to burglars when you’re not around, ensure all the locks, keys, and home surveillance systems are working properly. Ask a locksmith in your area to help you run this check and fix any problems you may find immediately. If you’re in Arizona, contact us to help you with this.