The holiday season has arrived, which means many people are leaving home and jet setting for vacation. With all the excitement, the problem is that sometimes we spend so much time planning for the trip we are going to be on, that we forget to plan for the home while we are away! But don’t worry – that is where we have you covered.
As property managers, it is important to us that residents have a checklist of important home related items to address before you step out the door for your trip away. Whether you are away for 2 days or 2 weeks, we highly suggest checking all the boxes below so that you can truly relax knowing your home is safe and secure.
Not only will this save you on your electricity bill but it can also be important to prevent any fire hazards. Unplug electronics such as your TV, microwave, toaster oven. Note: do not unplug any large appliances such as fridge, stove, and dishwasher.
Close and lock your doors!
The most important step before you step foot outside your home is to make sure you’ve locked up your home. The last thing you want is to leave the front door wide open while you are away on vacation. Give yourself enough time to check the front and back door before you go – you will be happy you did.
Close and lock your windows
It is important to do a scan of your home and make sure all windows are closed and locked. Not only does open windows pose a security risk but you also don’t want to come back with a fuzzy creature who has moved in!
Throw out the garbage and compost!
The last thing you want is to come back from you vacation with a rotten smelling house. Before you leave make sure you throw out your garbage and compost. We highly recommend freezing any food that is left in your fridge to help reduce waste.
Tell a trusted neighbor.
While you’re gone, it doesn’t hurt to have a set of eyes on your home. Tell a trusted neighbor, family or friend the time frame you will be gone. Ask if they can keep an eye on your home for any suspicious activity and / or any potential hazards that they may noticed.
Keep a light on (and turn the rest off)
Although we suggest turning off most of lights before you leave for your trip, we do suggest keeping one or two strategically placed lights on. A dark home for over 2 days can send a message that your place is vacant posing potential risk. So, keep a light or two on that face the windows and if you can set a timer so lights go on only at night this is even better!
Water your plants!
Last but not least, don’t let your plants suffer while you are away. Make sure you water your plants the day you leave – that way you can return to plants that are alive and well when you arrive home.