Turn off your main water supply
Leaks happen. And they can happen while you’re away. Since nothing ruins the glow of a good vacation like returning to a flooded home, turn off your main water supply if you’re going to be gone for a week or more
Yep, even if they’re not on, your electronics are energy vampires. Unplug your TV, microwave, toaster oven — anything that needs to be juiced — to save on your electricity bill. As a plus, you’ll also help prevent an electrical fire.
Nothing screams “Come rob me!” like a house or apartment with its lights continually off. Deter would-be burglars by putting timers on lights in different rooms. Set them to go on and off at various times throughout the night and no one will know you’re not actually there.
Adjust your thermostat
If you live in a place where AC is a must during the summer months, adjust the thermostat a bit to save on your electricity bill. A good rule of thumb is to keep it a few degrees higher than normal. (So if you usually keep it at 70, change it to 75.)By not turning off the AC completely, you’ll keep enough air circulating to control humidity and mold.
I know, I know. But your post-vacation self with thank you for taking care of the nitty-gritty.At the very least, wipe down the surfaces, take out the garbage, and vacuum to prevent a critter invasion. And, if you want to be extra nice to Future You, put fresh sheets on your bed.
You knew this one was coming. Honestly, though, knowing what your insurance policies (car, home, renters) cover could save you both time and money if something does happen while you’re away Did you know, for instance, that your U.S.
car insurance policy is valid in Canada? Yep, your liability and expenses are covered if an accident happens up north. Also good to know: the stuff you take with you on vacation is covered by your homeowners or renters policy.