Things to consider if you will be leaving your house vacant

  • Make reservations at the kennel if you will be boarding your pets.
  • Secure a house-sitter if you want someone to periodically check in on things.
  • Put stop orders on mail and newspaper delivery unless you want to have a neighbor pick these up for you.
  • Check to see if bills will become overdue while you are gone and see if you can pay in advance.
  • Unplug electronics before you leave.
  • Clean out refrigerator of any food that is likely to go bad while away.
  • Set your thermostat and hot water heater accordingly so you are not heating and cooling a vacant house as you would while home.
  • Contact your home security company to inform them of your travel.
  • If others need access to your house while you are away, such as housekeepers or pest control service, get that squared away.
  • Finally, security experts suggest avoiding the temptation to post pictures and other information about your trip while you are away because it can give clues to criminals that your house might be vacant and therefore a potential easy target.