Funny, it’s only June, but I’ve noticed that a lot of people I know have already started talking about their next winter holiday. That’s probably because this past winter was so long and drawn out. So, for those of you who, like me, enjoy planning and preparing well ahead of time, here are a few tips to help you plan next winter’s vacation.
- Nothing says “empty house” like half finished home improvement projects laying undone, an untended yard and snow piling up on the driveway and front porch. Be sure to tidy up the exterior of your home before leaving and hire a reliable snow removal contractor who will come by promptly, every time it snows. If you live in the country and have a longer driveway, contact a snow plowing service. By booking now, you ensure that your home looks occupied.
- Depending on how long you will be away, you may want to hire a house sitter or pet sitter who can tend to your home while you’re away. Not sure you want someone living in your home while you’re away? Hire a dependable young person from your neighborhood to stop into the house from time to time to check on things.
- For an extended winter holiday, you may want to have your mail redirected for the time that you’re away so that you don’t have to rely on a neighbor to empty the mailbox or worry about bills.
- If you don’t already do so, sign up for Internet banking and arrange to pay all of your bills this way.
- If you’re hoping to score a great deal on travel and accommodation, talk to your travel agent now and sign up for online notifications. You’d be surprised at the specials that come up. If you’re planning on traveling within the US, take a look at some of the great travel blogs that are out there. One of my favorites is Rentals On Vacation; they have plenty of tips and ideas for great local attractions to visit.
- For more ideas, you may want to read our previous blogs: Home Improvement – Lighting Timers and Occupancy Sensors and Protect Your Home While On Vacation.
Sure it’s early to be thinking about next winter, but it’s never too early to start planning and dreaming!
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