Do you wonder if you have done everything you should, to keep your home safe and sound? Except that you’ll be preparing yourself for the vacation, your home will appreciate some attention too before you leave. Here are the basic things you need to do to ensure your home is left safe, clean and ready for your absence.
UNPLUG ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Besides that you can save on your energy bills by unplugging your home electrical devices when they are not in use, saving the energy as much as we can is another thing we should always be reminded of. Many of the household devices keep drawing power even when they are off, just by being plugged in. Like computers, TV or lamps. If you haven’t been doing that already, you should consider unplugging them on a daily basis. Additionally, keep in mind though if nobody is at home in case of a lightning storm or bad weather, plugged devices sometimes get easily destroyed by a lightning strike.
You can also set one light in the house on an automatic timer to look like somebody is at home.
If you want to return to a clean house, make sure you leave your home in the same way you want to see it when you get back. Do a little bit of cleaning and make it all tidy and fresh for your come back.
Be sure not to forget to wash all the dirty laundry and dishes before you go. It’s a good idea to clean the sink in the kitchen of any food leftovers that can rotten in there and attract bugs. Don’t forget to take your kitchen trash out too. Finally, ensure that all the windows are locked and the curtains closed.
Clean the fridge and remove all the food
Leave your fridge fresh. If you want to keep the bad smell off your fridge, you should remove all the food from inside and thoroughly clean it. So, start by removing all the shelves and drawers, wash them with soap, wipe the inside of the fridge and put the shelves back in place.
You probably don’t want to come back to your home smelling the fridge odor. Coffee beans absorb the smell. Consider putting some in the fridge or another good option is baking soda. It does a good job of keeping the fridge odor away.
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Except for their practical purpose, house mailboxes take much of the decorative side on the outside of your home too. Mailbox overloaded with mail or magazines left in days can be very obvious sign that nobody has been home in a while. And when you are on a vacation and your house is empty, that can lead to an easy burglary and robbery in your home. Also, important mail or documents with personal information may be lost.
If the inner compartment of the mailbox isn’t wide enough to store the mail for the time period of your absence, to save yourself from troubles, the best advice would be to place a hold on your mail delivery or to arrange for someone to stop by and collect it for you while you are gone.
Another thing to do before you go on your vacation is to inform your co-workers and business associates, if any, from which you may receive emails, that you’ll be out of the office for a while. So, don’t forget to set up auto-responder email message to the senders letting them know when you’ll be available again.
CELL PHONE BILLS
You definitely want to avoid those huge phone bills when you get home from that perfect vacation. If you plan on checking your email, uploading photos, browsing the web, make sure you call your cell phone carrier and ask about the international data plans before you leave. You can buy minutes, messages or data to use for your trip. They usually have restricted accesses and not unlimited. Get to know the details.
But, if you find yourself at the destination without an international data plan and you want to avoid roaming charges, then you need to turn off the cellular data and data roaming in your phone. Go into your settings and make sure that you have disabled the phone of downloading the data. You can then buy a local sim card with a cheap phone that is restricted only to the destination visited or international sim card that you can use internationally without any charges when someone calls or sends you a message.
ELECTRICITY AND POWER SUPPLY
Not all of the countries use the same power supply. When traveling you need to know what is the power supply of the destination country. This means if you are not using adequate apparatus for the compatible voltage you might easily end up with burned or seriously damaged apparatus in your hands. Some countries operate on 100-120 voltage, but in most of the countries, the main supply is between 220-240 volts.
You should always read the label of your equipment to see if the input is compatible with the country’s voltage. Some electronic devices such as a camera or phone charger will work with both voltage standards while other such as hair dryer will work only with one type of current. The thing is if you want to use your devices when traveling internationally you’ll need an appropriate plug shape for you to be able to plug your electronics in that foreign outlet. And plug shapes can vary from country to country. You can as well buy one universal travel adapter that you can use in most of the countries. It’s good to check on that before you go.
You probably don’t want to bother with payments and mortgage or tax bills while you are all relaxed, stretched on some beautiful beach, soaking up the sun. Even though the companies may have an available online payment system, pay off your monthly bills before you leave, or set them to automatic payment. In that way, you’ll certainly avoid any additional fees for late payments as well.
LEAVE AN ITINERARY
Someone close to you, from your family or friend, should know your plans and itinerary, such as where will you go, for how long and how do you plan to get there. At least one person that you trust should always be informed about your trip in details.
You can also check on all the necessary travel requirements here.