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Wow! thanks for the video. I might as well add it to my list when I get to visit Finland after some positive Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Hotel review. Cheers!

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We've been traveling for many years, so we agree with all the points mentioned in the video. It's mostly about cleaning the house. We've not done that on occasion, and know it feels far better to come back to a clean house. It's a great psychological boost when you return.

   We once failed to clean a coffee cup, with some coffee in it. We were only gone three days, but yes, we had a science experiment which we did't think could happen with something acidic.


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#6 unplug everything except the lights on timers in #9
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Tell your neighbors when you're leaving and how long you will be gone, and any expected visitors (like someone checking the house and their vehicle make).
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Also, turn down the water heater to vacation setting, and shut off the water to avoid possible flooding from a leaking pipe.

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Well of course there's the 'have your mail held at the PO' and 'stop paper deliveries' mantra.

 

I've seen things that screamed: "Nobody is home!" and those are:

 

1 garbage cans left at the curb all week

2 a few freebie newspapers in the weeds at the end of the drive

3 curtains left open all night, lights on

 

My suggested fixes:

 

1 Either skip garbage pick up that week or have someone pull your wheelie bin (as they say in Jolly Old England) off the curb. The latter is probably best.

2 Have someone check your place for such debris and clean it up.

3 Install pull-down shades 1 - 2 ft from the top of your windows, and leave the shades down (curtains open) while you are gone. This allows light in for plants, but doesn't advertise your empty home.

 

 

 

 

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10 Things to Do Before You Leave For a Trip

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Doing these 10 things before you leave on your trip will make coming home a joy. From cleaning your house to putting your lights on timers, in this video travel expert Samantha Brown shares her list of must-do things before you leave on that well planned trip.

 

Have we missed something? What's on your pre-travel checklist?