When it’s time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.
It’s pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you’re on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since there are plenty of hair-raising tales out there of people discovering a bad situation awaits them at home, from burst water pipes to a break-in.
“If you have this nagging thought following you around that maybe you forgot to lock the back door before you left, that can really mess up your head space,” Wade says. “And that’s not good, especially since the point of vacation is to forget your cares and enjoy yourself.”
Before you go, eliminate worry from your itinerary and ensure a happy homecoming by following this pre-vacation checklist from Wade.
Stop the mail
“When fliers, deliveries and bills with sensitive personal information pile up in your mailbox, you may as well post a sign in your front yard that your house is unoccupied,” Wade says. “Trust, me, burglars live for these clear-cut signs.” This is a simple fix. Just fill out a quick online form with the U.S. Postal Service, and they’ll hold your mail until after you return. It’s also a good idea to check your inbox just to make sure there aren’t any lingering online orders set to arrive while you’re gone.
Tidy up
Even in your pre-vacation rush to get ready, leave some time for a quick cleanup, because it always