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9 Tips To Prepare Your Home Before Going On Vacation





Whether you’re going out of town for two days or a few weeks, there are things you can do to prepare your home for your absence and for your smooth return. It is important to have a checklist of what needs to be done and to start planning in advance.

Here are some things to do in preparation for that much-needed vacation and to ensure a relaxing first night back at home.

Pet Care: Find a family member or friend to stay in your home and keep your pet company, feed and play with your pet and clean the litter box or take them out for their daily walk. If you do not have someone who can stay at your home while you are away, do research to find the best boarding facility to suit your pets’ needs. There are hotels and even spas for pets now and they may just get the same royal treatment you will be receiving when you are away. Be sure to leave detailed instructions with the pet sitter or facility on caring for your furry family member and be sure to leave your pet’s favorite foods, treats, toys, and other much-needed medication and supplies on hand.

Clean out the fridge: Throw away food that will expire while you’re gone and wipe down all surfaces.

Tackle the laundry: Wash and put away the laundry before you leave.

Prep your plants: Ask the pet sitter or if you don’t have anyone staying in the home, contact a trusted friend, family member or neighbor to water your plants, and be sure to leave multiple lists of all plants and their locations. Otherwise, invest in self-watering plant stakes.

Leave a light on: During a short trip, leave a few lamps on throughout the house to make it look occupied. For a longer vacation, invest in inexpensive automatic timers that can turn our lights on and off at staggered intervals, making your house look occupied. Alert your home-security service or a trusted neighbor so one or the other can keep an eye out as well.

Unplug and reset the thermostat: Temporarily adjust the thermostat so the air-conditioner or heater won’t waste energy by running in an empty house. Unplug unnecessary appliances in preparation for your absence.

Hold mail and newspapers: A call to your post office and news carrier will put your mail and newspapers on hold so they won’t pile up in front of your house while you’re gone.

Change the sheets: Make up beds with fresh sheets for a welcoming first night.

Tidy the house: Sweep or vacuum floors; Do the dishes; Wipe down counters in the bathroom and kitchen with an all-purpose cleaner; Give toilets a quick clean.

Most of all, enjoy yourself! Take lots of pics and try not to post them on social media if your home will be unoccupied until you return. This will help to keep your home safe while you are away.

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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