Going On Holiday? Make Sure You Do These Three Things First

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You've finally taken the plunge and booked that dream holiday? How exciting- even more so if it's been a long time in the making! Maybe you're just sick of cold British weather and you can't wait to get away for some sunshine, and have booked something at the last minute But whether you are going away for two weeks or six, there are some important things you need to remember before you jet off. Even though you won't physically be there, you are still responsible for your home and anything that you've left behind. A lot of break-ins and burglaries happen when the property owner is away. Plus, you also need to cover your back and make sure that nothing goes amiss whilst you're gone. No one wants to come back home after a relaxing week away to find that their heating has been on the whole time. If you've got a trip of any length planned, make sure you apply the following checklist before you go. 

Switching Off Electrics 
This might seem blazingly obvious. But you would be surprised at the amount of people who leave their electrics either on, or on standby even when they are away on vacation. Leaving items plugged in can also use up an energy source, even if the item itself is switched off. So, you're best off unplugged most things that you can think of whilst you're away. Your fridge is one of the biggest energy consumers in your home - so if you're going away for more than a few days, consider using up all your food prior and switching it off. Leaving things on that don't need to be used will just result in a waste of money. 

Looking After Your Pets
As difficult as it is leaving our beloved pets behind, travelling with animals can be impractical and in many cases would only cause distress to them. If you don't have anyone who can look after your dog for you while you're away, why not contact a local dog walking service? Many of these companies also offer dog sitting and daycare services too. So if your family can't dedicate the time to helping out with your pet, you can be sure that your furry friend is in safe hands.

Protecting Your House From Crime 
There's nothing more devastating than coming back from a trip away, only to find that your house has been broken into. Even if the burglar's attempt was unsuccessful and nothing was taken, it can still leave you feeling violated and unsafe. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can outsmart anyone who would potentially try and break in. Get a timer that will flick your lights on and off at pre-programmed times. This gives any burglars the impression that in fact, someone is home. Also, consider making use of the Royal Mail's 'keepsafe' service. They hold your mail for you whilst you are away, then you can simply collect it on your return home. Mail building up on your doorstep is a dead giveaway that no one is home, so it's definitely worth looking into.                

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