Going on Vacation? Here's A Quick Checklist for Home

We all enjoy vacations, but the moment you hit the road, don’t let the paranoia kick in by questioning if you didn’t prep the house for a week of inactivity while you’re gone. Don’t be the family that comes home to a house that stresses you out. Try to set yourself up to get back into your routine as quickly as possible.

Take a look at this list, and prepare yourself to come back to your palace, just as you left it.

Keep things running

Keep the air conditioner on if your usual household temperature isn’t between 85 degrees and 65 degrees. If you are in between those temperatures, you’re golden, but if not, it’s best to set the AC on auto. Temperatures that are too warm can cause mold and mildew in a few days.

If your trip isn’t for awhile, consider getting a NEST thermostat. These you can control from your phone, anywhere, anytime.


Start the week with a fresh bowl of toilet water. Flush the toilers before you go so you don’t come home to stagnant water.

Clear drains & gutters

Clear them! Maybe it hasn’t rained in weeks; if they are by chance clogged, and water overflows onto the siding of your house, it could seep into the basement or siding of the house. This type of damage is always expensive.

Secure the garage

Take out garage door openers and unplug the garage door. This way the door is permanently shut while you are gone.

Power down

Unplug your small appliances like toasters, lamps, TVs, and almost anything with a clock on it. Circuits to blow from time to time, so avoid that happening and causing a fire. If this is too much of a pain, then buy a surge protector.

Kill the water

One of the worst things that can happen is coming back to a flood. Your floor could be ruined if it’s wood. Turn off the water supply to your dishwasher and washing machine. Still water can cause more damage than you would believe, so don’t let that happen.

Get secure

If you have a home security system, now is the time to use what you’ve been paying for. Be sure to tell your security company that you will be out of town, and give them your alarm code. They will automatically call the cops if the alarm goes off for any reason.

Take some notes

One month before your trip, start taking notes of the chores you do around the house. Having a week or two’s worth of notes should help you remember the way you do things once you get home. It can also guide a house sitter in their stay at your house. Sticky notes never hurt anyone.

Have a good vacation, and come home to your palace as you left it.

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