With summer right around the corner, many families in Worcester and the surrounding area are planning to spend some time away from home for a change of scenery. This can be a fun and exciting time, but make sure that you’re prepared so that your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
4. Make sure your bills are paid
Late payments hurt your credit score. To avoid unnecessary damage, prepay any bills that you have due during your vacation. You could also consider setting up automatic payments from your bank account so that you won’t be caught off guard by one that you’ve forgotten. This is especially important for your utilities; you don’t want those to be shut off while you’re gone!
3. Protect against burglers
First on this list is something that everyone thinks about. Criminals love targeting empty homes, so you want to make sure that your possessions are as secure as possible before you take an extended vacation. Consider putting your small valuables such as jewelry in a safety deposit box before you go. Before you leave, make sure all of your doors and windows are locked and your alarm system is working properly.
2. Clean house BEFORE you leave!
No one wants to come home from vacation to a mess. Before you go, make sure you take care of any chores that need to be finished and remove any food from your refrigerator that will go bad while you are gone.
1. Let your Bank and Credit Card companies know you are leaving
This is especially important if you’ve had fraudulent activity on your account in the past, or if your vacation is somewhere outside of the country. As a way of protecting themselves, your bank or credit card company may shut off access to your finances if they see strange activity occurring (like being used in a country you don’t actually live in!). To avoid this, simply tell the bank you will be on vacation so they don’t shut your card off. On that note, it also doesn’t hurt to carry cash with you when you’re traveling in case you do end up in a situation where your credit cards are being declined.
Summer vacation can be a lot of fun, but in order to make sure you have a great time, you have to prepare properly! Follow these steps and you’ll be sure that you’re in for a great time and a relaxing return home at the end of your stay.