Vacation checklist | Steps to prep yourself + home for vacation!
Aug 11, 2017 By Heather MacWilliams
We just celebrated our Civic Holiday here in Ontario. Heather thought it would be fun to make a video about how to prepare your home for when you go on vacation, whether it’s a short or long trip.
- Don't post on social media that you are going on vacation - and especially don’t post date and times that you will be away. Instead, post about your trip when you return!
- Get a timer for your lights - there are ones that you can control by an app . Try to make your home looked lived in, you don’t want it looking empty.
- Call the post office and ask
that your mail be held
- Stop your newspaper delivery
- Put your car in the garage -
out of sight
- Also you might want to pack your car for your vacation in your garage so that others don’t notice you are going away for a while
- Hire someone to cut the lawn or shovel the driveway
- Ask the neighbour to park in
your drive way now and then
- Install flood lights on
- Prepare your plumbing and electrical
- Unplug small appliances and
- Put the water heater in “vacation” mode
- Turn off
water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and all sinks
- Set your
thermostat to a temperature closer to outside temps (warmer in the summer,
cooler in the winter) but which still protects your plants, pets and
- If you do not want to turn off all valves you could consider getting something like our Smart Sync System to detect and notify you of water leaks or risk of freezing pipes
- Get rid of any hiding spare key and give it to a trusted friend or neighbour
- Notify your credit card company and home security company that you’ll be out of town
- Clean out the fridge - throw out food that will expire while you are away
- Do your laundry and change your bed sheets, it's nice coming home to a clean home!
- Get a sitter or put your pet in a kennel (pack them lots of food, treats, toys)
- If you are like me, your pets are saltwater fish and cannot be moved - ask a friend or neighbour to feed them and make a food schedule for each pet
- While your friend or neighbour is there ask them to water the plants
- Make sure
your smoke detectors are working properly
- Leave your
emergency contact information with a neighbour
- Bring a travel pillow
- Take out the kitchen trash and compost
- If your home is prone to bugs, spray the area where they come in to help fight them off while you're away
Insurance - perhaps through your employer or bank
- Plan out
dinner and breakfast for the next day
- And don’t forget to lock up - lock your doors and your window
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