Going on holiday can be an exciting time. However, there are 7 things you should consider to be sure your home will be safe and in order while you’re away. This includes checking the expiration dates on your food, cleaning up, caring for your plants and pets, turning off faucets, setting your alarm system, avoiding social media, and turning off all appliances.
1. Throw expired or soon-to-be expired food in the trash.
Maybe you’ve gone shopping recently, or have food in your fridge freezer that might be expired when you come back from holiday. Before you leave, you might want to check the expiration date on your food. Meat, dairy, produce, and any other perishable foods are especially important. This will ensure that nothing spoils before you get back.
2. Clean up your home.
Imagine coming back from holiday and your home is full of rubbish. That’s not very refreshing, right? When you come back from holiday, you might want to unpack and relax. You don’t want to come home and have to clean up. This is why it’s good to clean your home before you leave.
It’s also been shown that clutter can greatly affect your focus. If you return from holiday and have to go to work the next day, you want to ensure your brain is ready for it. You are probably not going to want to come back to a lot of clutter and mess after going on a relaxing holiday. All of this can be prevented by cleaning beforehand.
3. Care for your plants and animals.
If you have a green thumb and have plants on the inside and outside of your home, be sure to water them. You can also give them plant food, depending on the type of plant. Check the weather to see if it will be cold while you’re away. This way you can bring in your plants so they don’t freeze. Also, be sure to put them in a window or other area where they will get enough sunlight.
You want to be sure your pets are fine while you are away too. Cats should be left with plenty of food and water. Consider asking a neighbour to come over and clean out their litter box. You also have the option of putting your pets in a kennel. Boarding your dog really isn’t as neglectful as many make out, and it can almost be like a mini vacation for them. There are also dog kennels who will train your dog whilst you’re away.
Another option to consider would be pet sitters. Pet sitting facilities do not contain as many animals in close quarters. Plus, your dog would be able to enjoy more personalised attention and treatment to help them continue to flourish while you’re away.
4. Turn off faucets.
Check all faucets for leaks. This will ensure you don’t waste water while you’re away. It will also help to avoid flooding. All outside water hoses should also be checked.
5. Set your alarm system.
Many thefts occur when people are on holiday. In July of 2016, the UK Daily Mail reported that “a third of Brits have had their valuables stolen while on holiday…” It is extremely important to lock up all of your belongings before you leave. Any valuables like jewellery, money and electronics should be locked away in a safe place.
Also, set your home alarm (if you have one). There are inexpensive alarm systems available for £20 and up. All doors and windows should be locked. Consider leaving a spare key with a trusted friend or family member.
6. Avoid posting about holiday while you’re on it.
You’re on holiday having the time of your life, so why not post it on social media? The truth is you don’t want to advertise that you’re away, because it gives thieves the green light to steal your items. It is best to wait until you come home to post about your exciting time while on holiday.
7. Turn off and unplug appliances.
Turn off your stove, irons, hair appliances and microwave. The only appliance you want to be plugged in is the refrigerator. Check all outlets for cell phone and laptop chargers, because they are known to be “vampires” because they consume electricity even if your phone or computer is not plugged in. As a result, you will see an increase in your electricity bill.
Before vacating, ensure you have all of the above covered. You’ll thank us when you return to an organised home!