Going away on holiday is always exciting, whether you are visiting a familiar location or if you are going somewhere new. In the mad rush to get out the door so that you do not miss your flight, it is easy to forget to take care of important business. But what should you take care of before you leave home?
Pay the Bills
It is important to pay all bills that are outstanding or which will be due while you are away from home. Online banking and bill pay can ease the stress of upcoming bills, as you can pay without having to worry about late fees and so forth. If you are expecting a paper bill during your absence leave a blank, signed cheque with a trusted friend or family member and ask them to pay it for you.
Cancel the Newspapers
Nothing screams, “I am out of town, rob me” to a burglar louder than uncollected newspapers. Make sure that if you will be out of town for a week or two that you stop by your newsagents’ to cancel your newspaper subscription until after you return home. A stack of newspapers in your driveway are a dead giveaway to would-be burglars.
Have a House Sitter Look After Your Home
Ask a friend or relative to house sit for you while you will be gone. Some house sitters can stay, while others can only stop by once or twice a day to make sure that the plants are watered, the post has been collected and so on.
Lock the Doors and Windows
Double check and the triple check to make sure that the doors and windows are locked before you leave home. It is surprising how easy it is to forget the basics of home security when you are rushing to get out the front door on the day of travel. However, a few last minute checks will ensure your property is safely secured before you leave home.
Take Laundry Out of the Washing Machine!
Unless you do not mind coming home to smelly, stale clothes, take wet clothes out of the washing machine and dry them before leaving home. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of your holiday and forget about the load of laundry you put on half an hour before you are due to leave.
There are many more things you could add to your to do list before leaving home such as arranging care for your pets, turning off appliances and electronics (toaster, microwave and computer) and watering your plants. The key is to start off with a list and to then cross each one off in turn before you leave for your holiday. That way, you will not be lying on a beach in the Bahamas worrying that you have left the oven on wondering if you locked the front door.