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The Ultimate Pre-Vacation Home Checklist

The Ultimate Pre-Vacation Home Checklist Expand options

Looking forward to that getaway? Our experts weighed in on getting ready to get out of town—without coming home to dead houseplants, funky fridges, and stale smells. Bon voyage!

Prepare for departure

Don’t leave home without taking a few preventative measures…

1. Clean out the fridge.

Clear out what may expire and wipe down any messy surfaces so it doesn’t smell funky when you return.

2. No need for a housesitter, water your plants with a wine bottle.

Simply rinse an empty wine bottle and fill with water. Stick it upside down firmly into the soil, near the center of the planter.  The water in the bottle will seep into the soil over several days, keeping the soil evenly moist. More details here.

3. Rent your place? Make it guest-friendly.

Improve the experience guests will have in your home and increase the ratings for your property. Follow these 10 tips to make your space feel guest-friendly.

4. Spray for bugs.

Summer is prime bug season! Spray insecticide in key area to prevent bugs from creeping in while you’re away.

Prepare for your return

Homecoming will be so much sweeter with these household hacks.

1. Keep the house smelling fresh.

Install a Glade or scented plugin, so you’re greeted with freshness upon your return.

2. Plan your return meal.

You won’t want to cook or go food shopping right when you get back, so stock up on non-perishable food/milks/drinks so your first meal is hassle-free.

3. Treat yourself to a welcome home kit.

Write yourself a welcome home note bundled with a face mask and some treats, because self-love is the deepest love. You can leave this little care package for yourself sitting on your bed.

4. Clean up your space.

Nothing better than returning to a clean and tidy home. Think ahead to your future self and don’t leave a mess waiting for you as you return.

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