Prep Your Home for the Break

Leaving town for the break? Make sure your home is taken care of while you're gone. Check off these tasks so that you don't forget anything. 


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Go through your pantry and refrigerator and throw out any food that will go bad while you are away.

You should also take out the trash so that there isn't an odor when you return. Don’t forget the recycling too!

If possible, keep your nonperishable food items in a closed off space, like a cabinet or pantry. Also, make sure all containers and boxes are closed to avoid attracting pests.

Remember to unplug any appliances that won't be in use while you're gone to save electricity. 

Before you leave, turn off most lights and lamps if you want to save money on your utility bill.

  • If you have timed security lights, you should turn those on to deter burglars.
  • If you do not have timed lights, you might want to consider leaving one light or lamp on to give the illusion that you're home.

Clean your home thoroughly so that you don't come home to any unwelcome odors or messes. Plus, after traveling back after break, the last thing you are going to want to do is clean. 

Run your garbage disposal before you leave to clear any odors. Go above and beyond by cleaning your disposal and drain with a disposal cleaner or even simple baking soda and vinegar.

Your optimal heating and air conditioning settings will depend on the weather during your absence. A good general rule is to set your thermostat to run minimally. Do not set it higher than 85 degrees or lower than 50 degrees and always follow guidelines set by your property management team. This way, you can limit any damage to your plants, food, etc. while still saving money. 

Close and lock any windows. You might also want to close your blinds to protect your privacy and save on energy costs.

If you have plants or anything else in your home that needs frequent attention, you might consider asking someone to check on your home periodically.

Check to make sure your property manager has the correct contact information for you in the event there is an emergency concerning your space.

If you have a neighbor staying for the break that you trust, ask them to keep an eye on things and call you if there are any issues. 

Be careful when talking to others and posting on social media about leaving for break. This information can sometimes be used to plan a break in. 

Make a packing list of all the important items you need to take with you when you are away. Think about items like medication, personal identification documents, pet necessities, jewelry and important electronics.