Traveling is all about experiencing new places, creating memories, and taking a break from your normal life. The last thing anyone needs when traveling is to worry about bad things happening to their home while they’re away. It’s normal to worry, but you can relieve a lot of stress and allow yourself to enjoy your travels by making a checklist to get your home ready and protected while you are away. It’s helpful to start planning early and to write everything down to ensure you don’t forget anything important.
Make Sure Personal Items are Protected from Burglary
No one wants to return from a fun vacation only to find their valuables and most treasured belongings missing. Before leaving for your vacation, put any jewelry, valuables, and sensitive documents in a fire-proof safe. You’ll also want to check with your homeowners or renters insurance to make sure your valuables are protected in the event that a burglary does take place while your away. If you don’t have any type of insurance, browse around for renters insurance quotes to make sure your items are covered just in case. You can also see if a friend or family member can hold onto any valuable items for you while you’re gone.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
If you plan on traveling during cold winter months, you’ll need to make sure you don’t return home to frozen pipes. You definitely want to turn down the thermostat to avoid having your heat continuously running when you’re away, but don’t turn it completely off. Keep the heat set to around 55 degrees or higher to prevent your pipes from freezing.
Make Home Look Occupied
One way to prevent a burglary from taking place is to make your house look occupied. There are some very easy steps you can take to make it look like you’re home even when you aren’t. You can leave a couple of lights on the inside of your home, or set your lights on a timer so they come on when it gets dark outside. You can also install motion detector lights outside so they come on if someone steps on your property. Another step you can take is to temporary have your mail stopped or have a neighbor collect your mail while you’re away. This will prevent your mailbox from filling up and make it look like someone is home to collect the mail.
Before you leave, take some time to unplug any electronics that are plugged into the wall and not plugged into a surge protector. You should also switch all surge protectors off. This simple step ensures these items are continuously drawing electricity while you’re away, helping you save money.
Ask a Friend or Neighbor for Help
If you have a trustworthy neighbor or a friend that lives close by, ask them if they’d be willing to look after your home while you’re away. This can mean anything from collecting your mail for you, driving by your house occasionally to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary, or even house sitting for you. You can also have them contact you if anything is wrong.
Going through a checklist is one of the best ways to ensure you have everything covered and you can actually enjoy your trip without worrying so much. If you have children and have never traveled with them before, you can also make a checklist of ways to keep your children happy and safe during your travels, including keeping them busy and making sure they have plenty of snacks handy. Try to avoid being stressed out during your vacation and remind yourself that everything will be okay while you’re vacationing.