June 16, 2022 at 8:52am | Melanie Wood
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU GO OUT OF TOWN

Stop Your Mail
Visit the USPS Hold Mail website to pause your mail delivery until you get back

Put One or Two Indoor Lights on a Timer
Set the lights to turn on in the evening so your home looks occupied while you're away. You can use a simple mechanical timer or a smart plug to accomplish this.

Install Motion- Activated Outdoor Lights
Or, if you already have them, make sure they're still working.

Unplug whatever small appliances and electronics you can
You might need to keep your WiFi router and smart home devices running, but unplug things like your laptop, TV, coffee maker, etc. These devices will still use electricity if they're plugged in, even if they're turned off.

Set the thermostat to be closer to the temperature outside
But not so hot or cold that your plants, pets, or belongings will be harmed.

Clean out your refrigerator
Toss out or give away any food that will spoil while you're away.

Take out the trash and ask a neighbor to roll it to the curb on trash day
Because no one wants to come home to the smell of week-old garbage.

Keep your blinds/drapes how they always are
While it might be tempting to keep your windows covered while you're away, if they're normally open, it's best to keep them that way. Anything out of the ordinary could tip off an ill-willed person that your home is vacant.

Call your bank and credit card companies (especially if you're traveling out of the country)
Otherwise, they might see an out-of-state charge, assume it's a fraud, and freeze your account. It's best to save yourself the hassle.

Prepare for inclement weather
Put away or secure patio furniture and other outdoor items that could be damaged by a storm. And if your basement has a tendency to flood, ask a neighbor if they'd be willing to check on it after a storm.

Empty the Dishwasher
And be sure to leave the door open, so it can dry out and not get smelly from lack of use.

Vacuum the floors and wipe surfaces
Remove crumbs that could attract pests.

And, Finally, Wait until you get home to post about your vacation on social media
I know you're dying to share your family beach photos on Instagram, but you'll also be letting all of your followers know that you're not home to watch over your belongings.

Once you've prepared your house for your absence, you'll be ready to hit the road and enjoy your vacation!


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