How to Prepare Your Home for Vacation and a Printable Checklist
We all know it is important to take steps to prepare your home for vacation and make sure everything is covered while you are away. In the days leading up to departure I often find myself overwhelmed by the number of tasks that need to be completed. Not only are there animals to tend to, phone calls to make, and bills to pay, there are clothes to be washed and packed as well. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your family is ready for their next adventure, so once you reach your destination you can sit back, relax, and know that everything is safe back home.
How to Prepare Your Home for Vacation
I’ve tried to make this list as extensive and comprehensive as possible and hope you’ll enjoy the printable checklist I’ve included at the end of the post to make planning easier the next time you head out of town.
-If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, arrange for someone to mow your yard so it looks like someone is at home. If you are traveling during the winter, arrange for someone to shovel your walkways and/or plow your driveway.
-Set your sprinklers to water the grass and plants or arrange for someone to come by and take care of this.
-If you have a swimming pool, have someone that will check on the pool periodically.
Don’t forget your pets!
-Contact the kennel/pet sitter in advance to make sure they have availability.
-Pack your pet’s favorite bedding, toys, and food to last for the duration of their time at the kennel/pet sitter.
-Find a time to take your pet to their “vacation destination” when you have time to devote to their drop off.
-Make sure to leave the contact information of a local friend (and veterinarian) with the pet sitter in case of an emergency.
-Call your credit card company and let them know your travel plans. This will prevent any “suspicious activity alerts” on your account preventing you from using your cards when you travel.