No one likes coming home from vacation to a disheveled house or, even worse, an unexpected mishap. Before you head out on your summer vacation, prep your house by following these stress saving tips.
- Empty ALL trashcans.
Prevent bad smells and unwelcome critters.
- Have a post vacation meal plan.
After a vacation, no one wants to worry about cooking. Stock up on cereal, frozen food or other meals that are easy to prepare.
- Double check doors and locks.
Don’t forget pet doors and windows.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
If something is close to expiring, pitch it to prevent the always frightening “what did that used to be?” experience.
- Turn it off.
Make sure all appliances and machines are unplugged and turned off including the stove, coffee maker, dryer, dishwasher, etc.
- Turn off thermostats or adjust the temperature.
There’s no need to pay for maintaining a comfortable house temperature when no one’s there.
- Hold your mail or have someone pick it up.
For safety, prevent a packed mailbox by putting service on hold or asking a friend to pick it up.
- Take care of your plants.
Move your plants to a cool place and water them.
- Tidy up.
Do a quick clean up, wipe down counters and vacuum.
- Wash your sheets and make the bed.
No matter how nice your trip was there’s nothing better than sliding into your own clean bed after a vacation.