With all of the excitement and anticipation that comes with planning a vacation, it can be easy to forget some of the smaller, yet very important details. Whether your vacation will take you away for one week or an entire month, you will need to take care of certain things around that house before you say bon voyage.
Review this helpful house prep checklist before going on vacation, to keep you on top of those last minute details. It will help your home sweet home stay that way while you’re away.
- Consider getting a house sitter – thieves know when no one is home and are quick to strike. See if a friend or relative can house-sit while you are away. This can be especially important if you have plants that need watering or are uncomfortable with the thought of placing your pets in a kennel.
- Reserve kennel space for the pets – alternatively, you can secure the services of a pet sitter. Do this at least two weeks in advance. In the busy season kennels become full and finding private care can be difficult. No matter which option you choose, you will need proof of up-to-date shots and vaccination. You’ll need time to arrange for these.
- Stop your mail and newspaper delivery – contact the local delivery person and request for a stop to delivery of your newspapers for the period when you are away, or ask that they are withheld until you return. You can now easily hold mail on the Canada Post website.
- Garbage - if you won’t be around when garbage is collected, ask a neighbour or a friend to take out your trash bins for pick-up. They should also remember to return them to your storage area at the end of the day.
- Empty the refrigerator – you can either give away the perishable items, or throw them away. Order pizza for dinner on the night before you travel.
- Adjust the thermostat and turn down the water heater – there is no need keeping temperature at usual levels even if you are not home. Consider leaving the thermostat turned to 52 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and completely turning it off in the summer. The water heater should be turned down as well.
Just before you leave, shut down all computers and unplug TVs and other electronic devices. Take the garbage out and lock all doors and windows.
You’ll have a perfect vacation and an even better time when you return!