Like many of us, summer time means vacation. It’s time to pack up the family and the goods and head off . But getting prepared to go can be stressful and very time consuming. Here is a list of a few household items you can take care of before you leave so that you can return from your break relaxed and travel with peace of mind.
Here are four tasks you should take care of before leaving and the best way to tackle them.
Make home look like you’ve never left. No matter where you are or how for you are going, your house should appear inhabited as a safety precaution. To do this, purchase low-cost timers that can be programmed to turn on and off radios, televisions and lights. Put holds on subscriptions and mail with the postal service so that your overflowing mailbox doesn’t send the message that you are away.
Take care of your expenses. To avoid missed payments for utilities and other important bills, set up automatic bill pay before you leave. Using a Visa card or your checking account is an easy, convenient and secure way to pay household bills such as utilities, cable TV and insurance when you’re traveling. Choose a one-time payment or automatic payments to ensure that your bills are paid on time every month no matter where you are.
Prepare your plants. To prevent returning home to overgrown landscaping and dead house plants, make arrangements to have your yard cared for in your absence. Options could be family or friends.
Save on energy costs. Before leaving, turn off your water and gas and unplug common appliances such as microwaves and televisions. This will both reduce unnecessary usage and prevent damage caused by energy surges. Consider setting your thermostat 10 degrees lower than the outside temperature or simply turn it off. If you’ll be away for an extended period of time, turn off your pilot light for maximum savings. We did all of this when we went on our honeymoon for a month last year and it saved us a ton of money.
Whether it’s putting lights on timers to setting up automatic bill pay, following these tips can minimize pretravel stress and help make your return home stress free.
So how do you get organized for holidays? Any tips to share?