Vacation Checklist

In the rush to get out the door for a well deserved vacation there may be things that you forgotten to do. To prevent that midnight wake-up once you are in your trip call take a peek at our quick list of vacation planning tips.

  • Notify your neighbours of any planned absence beyond three days so they can check on the property. If possible leave an emergency number where you can be reached.
  • Prepay Your Rent or bill. In this way you will avoid late fees and preserve your payment and credit history.
  • Automatic timers for lights give the impression that someone is home by giving the impression that the home is occupied.
  • Eliminate the possibility of returning to an insect-or rodent infested home. Empty all trash containers and garbage bags and remove them from the home. Secure open food containers and put them in your refrigerator. Make sure that no food is left to attract insects and rodents.
  • Disconnect Appliances. Avoid leaving any appliances plugged in including your television, computer, microwave, iron, toaster, and other small appliances. For fire prevention, check all appliance and lighting cords. If they are frayed, repair or replace them immediately. At the very least, unplug cords that are suspect of not being in a good and safe condition. Coming home to the results of a house fire is not pleasant experience for anyone.
  • Please make sure that someone cuts the grass during your absence, as fines are levied to owners by the municipality for uncut grass.
  • Do not leave messages on your voice mail system or answering machine that reveal you are on a vacation or away for an extended period of time.
  • Make proper arrangements for your pet to have appropriate care while you are away. Do not leave fido in the house alone.
  • Stop all routine newspaper deliveries, so that there is no visible evidence that you are away. Items accumulated at your front door, in your yard, or in your mailbox are signals to thieves. You may ask a friendly and trusted neighbour to retrieve flyers in your absence.
  • Secure All Doors and Windows. Unexpected weather changes can damage your carpet, drapes, and furniture if you do not close all windows and doors properly. Be sure that your trusted neighbour has duplicate keys to all locks.
  • Check Your Gas Stove and Oven. Before leaving your premises, always take a final check of your stove to ensure the burners are off to eliminate the possibility of a gas explosion.
  • Water All Houseplants. Prior to an extended absence, water all your houseplants and place smaller plants in the kitchen sink. Make arrangements for a friend to water your plants.

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