Going on vacation? Your prep checklist should include shutting your window shades

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Vacations are one of the most rewarding times of year because it offers you and your loved ones a chance to relax, recharge and recuperate from busy lives. Whether you work full time, part time, intern or are a student, you know how stressful everyday life can get when it is full of demands. In order for people to work and perform at their best level, they need the chance to take a break and take care of themselves mentally and physically. For many Americans, two weeks’ vacation is common, though most do not take the two weeks off at the same time. Instead, they may choose to break up those vacation days into smaller chunks. Whether you are headed out on a two-week international excursion or even touring another city for a few days, it is important to run through your to do list before you leave to make sure your home is secure and safe in your absence. Unsure about what needs to be done before you leave? The below list will help you.

  • Make sure your pets are taken care of- If you have furry friends living with you in your home, chances are they do not get to go on vacation with you. If this is the case, make sure you have arrangements lined up such as a kenneling service, a friend or family member who will keep your pet or pets while you are gone or at least someone who will come check up on them to feed them daily and provide them with some company.
  • Make sure all appliances are off- It is every traveler’s worst fear to leave an appliance on when they leave for vacation. To avoid the dreaded “did I leave the ‘blank’ on”, go through your house and make sure to unplug coffee makers, hair tools, ensure all oven and stove knobs are off and even unplug electronics.
  • Close your blinds- While you are away you certainly do not want strangers to be able to look into your home. Not only is that an invasion of privacy, but a view into the home might make it clear you are not home, which could be an invitation for burglars to target you. To avoid this, make sure to close you window blinds before you head out on vacation.
  • Make sure your plants are taken care of- If you have plants in your home, you know that if they go a few days without water, they could die. This is why it is important to get a friend or family member to come over and water them while you are away. This also might include opening the window shades for a bit and letting them soak up some extra sunshine. In relation to the previous tip, however, make sure your friend or family member knows to close the window shutters again before they leave for the day.

Vacations should be relaxing and you should not have to worry about what’s going on at home. To make sure your vacation is enjoyable, follow these tips to give you peace of mind.