The month of December is a hectic time for traveling, and leaving your home unattended during the busiest time of the year can make any homeowner feel uneasy. Prepare your home the right way with these tips for when you’re fa-la-la-ing miles away.
Clean out your refrigerator.
This is one of those tasks that is easily forgotten, but can leave your home smelling seriously unpleasant when you return from your time away. Check expiration dates on items that go bad quickly—such as milk and eggs—and use this as an excuse to throw away any other perishable items that could have you regretting leaving in the first place.
Let your neighbors know of your plans.
We usually remember to let our friends and family know we’re leaving for the holidays, but make sure you don’t forget about your neighbors. Have them check your mail, and leave them your cell phone number or any other emergency numbers if anything were to happen while you’re away.
Double-check the locks.
While you lock the front door before going to bed or out for errands, windows and other entrances are easily forgotten. Take the time to go through your home, double checking that every possible entrance is secure before you leave.
Be mindful of the lights.
The biggest giveaway to an empty home is a dark home. If you have an outside light that’s on a self-timer, make sure to put the timer on. If not, leave a light on in your kitchen or hallway, so there’s no obvious indication that no one is home.
Another often overlooked chore is unplugging any appliances that you normally keep plugged in throughout the day. Phone chargers, hair styling tools, the toaster, microwave, and any other small appliances should be checked to avoid any safety mishaps in your absence.
Do the laundry.
You washed your vacation clothes, but did you remember to take care of used towels, or other dirty laundry lying around? Just like coming home to a smelly refrigerator isn’t ideal, neither is walking into a room and immediately noticing the full hamper. Take a couple of hours to throw a few loads in before you leave to ensure maximum cleanliness for when you return!