Going on vacation is fun and exciting! Everyone wants to have fun while traveling and no one wants to be distracted thinking that it's an opportunity for disaster to strike at home. There are some small things that you can do at home before you leave to make it look to the world that your house is still occupied - or at least less obvious that you are out of town.
Hold your newspaper delivery
One of the most obvious signs that you're out of town is the pile of newspapers in your driveway. Call each newspaper that you receive and ask for a vacation hold - the bonus is that usually your subscription will extend a few extra days past the current renewal to add in the days that you're pausing delivery. Sign up for a police department vacation check Many police stations will offer a "vacation check" for your home while you're gone. You can fill out a form (usually online) that includes your vacation dates, who has access to your house while you're gone, the number of cars in the driveway, and how to reach you while you're gone. The police will stop by while you're gone and make sure that everything looks secure.
Get to know your neighbors
It's always a good idea to be friendly and get to know your neighbors in general, but if you're friends, ask them to keep an eye on your house while you're gone. Maybe they can even park a car in your driveway sometimes to help your house look like someone is living there. Neighbors can also help you out if any of your holds fall through and your newspaper sneaks on to your driveway at some point.
Hold your mail It’s worth taking a few minutes to put vacation holds on your mail so that it doesn’t seem obvious to a passerby that your house is empty. In most areas of the country, this can be done online here. If you don’t want to fill out the online form, you can also stop into your local post office and complete a “Hold Mail” form, or call the USPS at 800-275-8777 and schedule a hold for your mail over the phone. When you get home, your mail will be delivered as scheduled and waiting for you. I always like having it delivered the day after we get home so that it gives me a chance to readjust before having to sort through mail again. I wrote a post on this before here if you want more information. Hold your packages
When you think about putting holds on deliveries, mail is immediately what comes to mind - but you can put a hold on packages too! UPS and FedEx both offer a service allowing you to hold your packages on a vacation hold as well for up to 14 days and have them delivered after you get back. Both UPS and FedEx also have phone apps that let you track and manage your delivery settings from your phone. I love the apps, and after using them for a vacation hold in the past, I now use them all the time and even get a window to know when my packages will be delivered. Find more information about UPS holds here and FedEx holds here.
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