5 House Checks Before Going On Holiday | Vesta Blog

5 House Checks Before Going On Holiday

July 12, 2019

Summer is here, and that means that your annual escape to somewhere hot and sunny is hopefully just around the corner. When getting ready to go on holiday, there are a few things you need to tick off your list – checking all your passports are in date, digging out your summer clothes, organising transport to the airport.

But what is often left to the last minute is the essential house checks you should do before jetting off. So, what’s the best way to leave your rented house when going on holiday? Well, here’s your pre-holiday checklist to ensure that your home is kept safe, secure and in full working order until you return.

House sitting

Whether it’s looking after your succulents or giving your furry friend some daily feeding and attention, it’s a good idea to arrange someone to house-sit your property while you’re away. This can be a neighbour, a close friend or member of your family or even a professional house sitter who can come to your home every day or so to check there’s nothing out of the ordinary.

They can remove any post you’ve received from behind the door and bring in any deliveries. If you’re a proud owner of various species of house plants or have a well-tended garden, they can also take care of your plants to ensure they don’t wilt away in your absence.

If you have a furry member of the family, it’s important that you organise adequate care for them while you’re away. A close friend or family member might be happy to look after your furry companion in your absence. If this isn’t an option for you, you definitely need to consider alternative pet care arrangements. Arranging for your cat or dog to go to into a cattery or kennel during your holiday will ensure they are well looked after by professionals in pet care. However, if your pet is happiest when at home, there are also plenty of professional pet and house sitting services to ensure both your pet and your house are given proper care and attention. Whatever pet sitting option you go for, make sure to arrange everything in plenty of time to prevent any pre-holiday stress.

Clear out the fridge

Nobody wants to return from a week or two of well-deserved relaxation to be welcomed home by a fridge full of gone off food.

In the days leading up to your holiday, your mind will be filled with your pre-travelling to-dos such as packing your suitcase and sorting out your travel money. Decluttering your fridge will be the last thing on your mind. So it’s a good idea to start using up your food a couple of weeks before you fly.

Start by creating shopping lists that will help you use up what you’ve already got in your fridge and cupboards in the weeks leading up to your holiday. There’s no point buying fresh food which you won’t have time to go through and end up having to throw away. By using up the food you have, you prevent unneeded food waste. It’s also a good idea to go through your fridge the day before you fly and eat up or throw away any items that definitely will go off in your absence. That way, you won’t come home to a smelly fridge!

Deliveries

Another important pre-holiday house check is to ensure that you have cancelled or re-directed any deliveries you’ve arranged before you jet off.

You don’t want a stack of milk or a large package sitting on your drive for a week or so while you’re abroad, as this is a tell-tale sign to potential thieves that you are away from home. If you can’t or don’t want to cancel any important or regular deliveries you normally receive or are expecting, consider asking a friend or neighbour to look out for expected arrivals or post.

Alternatively, you can also arrange for them to be redirected to a friend or family member’s address while you’re away.

Tell your neighbours

Before the day you travel, make sure to let your neighbours know that you are going away and how long you’ll be gone for. This allows them to keep an eye out for anything unusual as an extra line of precaution.

If you haven’t arranged for a house sitter and you get on well with your neighbours, it is also worth asking one of them if they can check in on your home occasionally while you’re abroad to ensure everything is as it should be. 

Tell your landlord (or managing agent)

It’s also a good idea to let your landlord or managing agent know that you are going to be away from the property for an extended period of time.

If there is any utility emergency (such as a gas or water pipe leak) or any other type of significant issue with the property, your landlord or managing agent will often be the first person contacted if you are unavailable. As such, keeping them up-to-date on your whereabouts will avoid any confusion and lead to a quicker response in the event of an emergency.

Safe and sound

Out of all your pre-holiday house checks, the one that is most important is ensuring that your home is secure before leaving for your trip. It’s essential that you lock all your doors and windows before leaving. It may sound obvious, but it surprising how easy it is to leave one window open in your rush to get to the airport on your day of departure.

It’s always worth doing a double check before you leave just to make sure your house is secure. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set up and working before you leave. If you want to cover all precautionary bases, you can also invest in light timers – these smart and easy to install devices will routinely turn your lights off and on to make it look like you’re home, helping to deter potential intruders.

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