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Vacationizing Your Home: 8 Things To Do Before You Leave

By Just Heather |

In the excitement of planning a vacation and packing your suitcases, don’t forget to prep the house to stand empty while you’re away having fun!

Our Cape Ann was an awesome, relaxing week, but it was especially nice to return to a clean home after a long trip. We took care to get the house ready, not just for the dogsitter, but for a peaceful homecoming as well. I cleaned and “vacationized” the house while the hubby loaded the van.

Here are 8 things you should do before you leave an empty house:

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Empty House: Pre-Vacation Checklist

Stop the Mail

Place a hold on your mail with the post office or ask a friend to check the mail regularly, especially if you'll be gone for any length of time. An overflowing mailbox screams "no one is home!" and runs the risk of returning home to soggy mail, if it won't close.

How do you prepare for vacation?

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More from Heather:
The One Where My Car Got Towed (AKA Vacation Memories)
Inexpensive Vacation Souvenirs

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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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