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Vacation Forget-Me-Nots


It’s that time of year again. Summer is almost here and everyone can’t wait to enjoy a family vacation this year. However, before you take off and savor your summer vacay, here are some vacation forget-me-nots to keep you relaxed and at ease throughout your vacation!

1. Tell a Neighbor
Whether you leave your house for a small weekend trip or a luxuriously long vacation, you should always tell one of your neighbors or relatives that you’ll be gone. It’s nice to know someone is looking over your empty house and making sure everything is in order while you’re away! Also, if you don’t put a hold on your mail, you could always ask your neighbor to collect your mail for the time being. Just make sure to return the favor while they’re on their vacation!

2. Shut off Water and Set Your AC Higher
To save money and energy, shut off your water and set your AC temperature higher before you leave for vacation. With warmer weather upon us, you are bound to start using the AC more. However, there is no need for air conditioning or water when you are on vacation. Don’t waste energy and money on an empty house!

3. Pet Sitter
If you have any pets at home make sure to take care of their needs too. Whether its dropping them off to a kennel or hiring a pet sitter, you’ll want to make sure your furry friend is taken care of. If you’re able to take your pet on your vacation, even better!

4. Unplug Appliances
Your appliances won’t be in use while you’re away, so make sure you unplug them to save energy and money. Unplug your toaster, coffee maker, blender, chargers, anything you can think of that is plugged in, unplug it!

5. Lock all Windows and Doors
This seems like a given, but you would be surprised how many people forget to lock all their windows and doors when they leave for vacation. So before you leave, double check just to make sure! It will give you peace of mind while you’re trying to relax during vacation.

6. Lower the Blinds
Take an extra step to secure your home and belongings and lower your blinds before you leave. Don’t tempt anyone to look in and see what you own.

7. Leave Some Lights On
Most people turn off all of their lights when they leave the house for an extended period of time. However, it’s smarter to leave some lights on or use a light timer while you’re away. Leaving lights on will give the impression that someone is home, making your home less of a target. However, if you live in one of Judd Builders wonderful planned communities, you won’t have to worry too much about a break-in. Planned communities deter many burglars due to the close-knit community life, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so keep some lights on while your away.