Like many, you are probably planning a getaway this summer. And you likely have a lengthy list of things to do before you leave. Now my goal is always to make things easier for you but today that means adding to you to do list.
Before you leave on vacation, don’t forget to do the following:
1. Place a mail hold. This isn’t critical if you’re going to be gone for a short weekend but for longer trips it can be essential. You can do this very easily at the US Postal Service website. If you don’t have a locking mailbox it can keep important mail from going missing. And even with a locking mailbox, a week’s worth of mail may fill you box. Set it up to be delivered the day after your return. This way you don’t have a huge pile to sort through while you are still trying to unpack the suitcases.
2. Place a newspaper hold. If you still receive a daily paper like me you’ll want to stop the service while you are out of town. A pile of papers in your driveway is a sure sign to potential intruders that your home is empty. My local paper, The Denver Post, allows you to credit the days not delivered, adding them to the end of your subscription, or donate them to a charity.
3. Arrange for your trash pick-up. If you will be gone on trash day, ask a trusted neighbor to move your full can(s) to the curb for trash day. If you are gone multiple weeks this is really only necessary for the first trash day, because you’ll have the pre-vacation trash accumulated in there. The rest of the weeks your cans should be empty.
Now go enjoy your vacation knowing you won’t come home to a trash can full of smelly old food, a stack of newspaper on the driveway and a mailbox bursting at the seams!