You’ve packed your bags, and checked to see if the kids brought enough clean underwear. You’ve planned your route, found the best DVD’s for the kids to watch during the road trip, and even brought along some tasty & healthy snacks. Before you go into “vacation mode” take one minute more to make sure you’ve taken care of those last minute details.
- DO & DON’T – Do let your trusty neighbors know that you are going out of town. A weekend retreat, or bed & breakfast, might not require notification. However, if you’re planning to be out of town more than a week it’s probably a smart idea to ask them to watch the house for you. Don’t tell the world that you are going on vacation! Social media is a great way to communicate with the world. Unless that communication is you telling the world exactly how long you’ll be away from home. Consider how much you share and who you share it with before going on vacation.
- STOP THE MAIL – You can have a reliable friend collect your mail every day, or you can put a STOP on your delivery until you return from your trip. The last thing you want would be criminals to see is a week’s worth of mail accumulating in your box. Follow the link to use the USPS website to stop your mail before going on vacation. United States Post Office Stop Mail
- CASH OR CREDIT – Having your credit cards declined can be embarrassing. When you’re 2000 miles from home it can turn into a nightmare. Prior to going on vacation it’s always a good idea to call your credit card company and let them know you are going on vacation. This will prevent anti-theft measures from kicking in when the company detects large purchases or variation in your spending habits. Most credit card companies will lift daily spending limits during the period of your vacation as well.
- GO GREEN – Eco-friendly families already know the benefits of unplugging appliances and setting timers during family vacations, but did you know that shutting off the main water supply could save you thousands of dollars in potential damages? Look, if something is going to happen, it’s inevitably going to happen while you’re on vacation… So, when a pipe leaks, a little water from the pressure built up in the pipes might get out, but it will not keep going, causing more damage. Plus, in most homes you can cut the main supply and still provide water to the sprinklers and outside features of your home.
- DON’T FORGET ABOUT LIFE – Just because you’re about to spend two glorious weeks on vacation does not mean that life will cease to exist. Don’t forget that prescriptions still need to be refiled, bills still need to be paid, the plants still need watered, and the pets still need fed. Taking care of those little everyday things that we sometimes take for granted could end up saving your time and money.
Come home from your vacation, refreshed, and energized, and ready to take on the world, by following these five simple tips for keeping your property secure, and your home just the way you like it.