Embarking on a new adventure is always exciting, but the key to a truly carefree journey lies in the peace of mind you leave behind. While you strategize your next getaway, keep in mind these tips as you plan what to do before you walk out the front door.
Perform A Safety Check
It’s important to make sure that everything is safe and secure before you leave. Check your apartment for any leaks or drafts as well as confirm your smoke alarms and security systems are up-to-date and functional. Also, double check that your window and door locks are strong and secure to help keep your home protected. Pick up any spare keys you may have hidden outside and put wood in the track of any sliding doors to prevent burglary.
Save On Your Energy Bill
No one wants to come home to a hefty electrical bill, so unplug any appliances and devices that will be unused while you’re away. This can also lower the risk of any electrical issues, which could result in a fire. Adjust your thermostat to sit at a lower temperature to also save energy. However, make sure to keep it warm enough so that any living things, like plants or pets, will be comfortable.
Alternatively, use timers on your lights or other devices to give the illusion that someone is inside. This will turn on things – such as lights, televisions or radios – during hours you are typically home, therefore deterring any chance of break-ins. This can be done both indoors and outdoors.
Inform A Neighbour
While you may not want to broadcast your travel plans to the world, it would be smart to inform a trusted neighbour that you won’t be home and if your apartment will be unoccupied during that time. This way, they can keep an eye on your property and note any suspicious behaviour that may occur. If you give them access, they can even collect your mail and check your home daily to ensure everything is safe.
Prepare for Bills and Payments
Before you leave, look at what bills need to be paid and make a plan to avoid missing those deadlines. You could either pay early or schedule a payment to be released on a specific day. This will avoid any issues down the line and ensure you come home to all your utilities functioning seamlessly.
There is nothing better than coming home from vacation to a clean apartment. Before you leave, make sure to give your apartment a generous cleaning. This includes laundry, dishes, vacuuming, dusting and more. Also, take out your garbage and recycling just before you leave to avoid any unpleasant odours and unwanted guests. Doing this will ensure you return to a welcoming and calm space.