Vacation checklist | Steps to prep yourself + home for vacation!

Aug 11, 2017 By Heather MacWilliams

We just celebrated our Civic Holiday here in Ontario. Heather thought it would be fun to make a video about how to prepare your home for when you go on vacation, whether it’s a short or long trip.


29 Ways to Prepare Your Home & Yourself For Vacation

  1. Don't post on social media  that you are going on vacation - and especially don’t post date and times that you will be away.  Instead, post about your trip when you return!
  2. Get a timer for your lights - there are ones that you can control by an app . Try to make your home looked lived in, you don’t want it looking empty.
  3. Call the post office and ask that your mail be held
  4. Stop your newspaper delivery
  5. Put your car in the garage - out of sight
  6. Also you might want to pack your car for your vacation in your garage so that others don’t notice you are going away for a while
  7. Hire someone to cut the lawn or shovel the driveway
  8. Ask the neighbour to park in your drive way now and then
  9. Install flood lights on motion sensor
  10. Prepare your plumbing and electrical - Unplug small appliances and electronic devices
  11. Put the water heater in “vacation” mode
  12. Turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and all sinks 
  13. Set your thermostat to a temperature closer to outside temps (warmer in the summer, cooler in the winter) but which still protects your plants, pets and furniture 
  14. If you do not want to turn off all valves you could consider getting something like our Smart Sync System to detect and notify you of water leaks or risk of freezing pipes
  15. Get rid of any hiding spare key and give it to a trusted friend or neighbour
  16. Notify your credit card company and home security company that you’ll be out of town 
  17. Clean out the fridge - throw out food that will expire while you are away
  18. Do your laundry and change your bed sheets, it's nice coming home to a clean home!
  19. Get a sitter or put your pet in a kennel (pack them lots of food, treats, toys) 
  20. If you are like me, your pets are saltwater fish and cannot be moved - ask a friend or neighbour to feed them and make a food schedule for each pet
  21. While your friend or neighbour is there ask them to water the plants
  22. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly 
  23. Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbour 
  24. Bring a travel pillow
  25. Take out the kitchen trash and compost
  26. If your home is prone to bugs, spray the area where they come in to help fight them off while you're away
  27. Travel Insurance - perhaps through your employer or bank
  28. Plan out dinner and breakfast for the next day
  29. And don’t forget to lock up - lock your doors and your window

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