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When you're planning a vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. But, whether you're going away for a weekend or a month, there are some things you can do to make sure your home is taken care of while you're gone. This blog post will discuss how to prepare your home before going on vacation. From making arrangements for pets and plants to getting your mail handled, we will cover everything!

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Take Care Of The Pets

If you have pets, make sure to arrange for someone to take care of them while you're gone. This includes feeding them, walking them, and providing any other necessary care. If you have fish, consider getting an automatic feeder. As anyone who has ever come home to a pet disaster can attest to, making arrangements for your furry (or scaly) friends is one of the most important things you can do before going on vacation. 

If you have the luxury of time, introduce your pets to their temporary caregiver a few days or even weeks before you leave so they can get comfortable with each other. If that's not possible, provide detailed instructions on feeding schedules, medications, favorite toys and treats, and anything else the sitter will need to know. It's also a good idea to leave contact information for your veterinarian in case of an emergency.


Get Your Mail Handled

If you're going to be gone for more than a few days, you'll need to make arrangements for your mail. You can have a friend or neighbor collect it for you, or you can put your mail on hold with the post office. If you choose the latter, be sure to fill out the proper form and submit it at least three days before you leave.

It would be best if you also considered stopping any regular deliveries (newspaper, packages, etc.) while you're away so there's no build-up of items that could attract burglars. If possible, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home and alert authorities if anything seems amiss.


Secure Your Home

One of the most important things you can do before going on vacation is to make sure your home is secure. This means taking care of any valuables and making sure all doors and windows are locked. In addition, if you have an alarm system, be sure to activate it. You may also want to consider investing in a timer for your lights, so it looks like someone is home even when you're not. You could also consider having a pest control specialist come by and make sure your home is free from any critters that may wreak havoc while you’re away.


Make Sure Your Appliances Are In Working Order

Before you go on vacation, it's a good idea to make sure all your major appliances are in working order. This includes your fridge, oven, washer, dryer, etc. Not only will this prevent any disasters while you're gone (a flooded kitchen is never any fun), but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that everything is running smoothly at home. If you have any appliances that are due for repair or replacement, take care of those before you leave so you don't come home to even more work.

By following these simple tips, you can rest assured that your home will be safe and sound while you're away on vacation! So go ahead and book that trip - we'll take care of everything else!

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.