Stop the mail: Go to www.usps.gov and put your mail on a vacation hold. If you are expecting any package deliveries ask a neighbor to be on the look-out.
Newspapers: Either call or go to the web to stop your paper delivery. Nothing shouts “I’m out of town” more than a pile of papers in your front yard.
Arrange for pet care: Whether you arrange for in-home care or kennel space, don’t forget to reserve accommodations for your pet. If you are placing your pet in a kennel you will need to make sure that all of their vaccines are up to date.
Alarm Company: If you have an alarm system, make sure to update your contact information. Should there be a problem while you are away it’s important for them to have your out of town phone number as well as the contact information for a neighbor or friend with your house key.
Put indoor lights on timers: Having your lights on a timer will give the appearance that someone is home. You could also ask a friend to stop by periodically and leave different lights on.
Keep a car parked in the driveway: Another good way to deter a potential burglary is to keep a vehicle parked in your driveway. Just make sure to lock your garage.
Charge all phones and cameras: It can be so disappointing to get on the plane and realize that your iPod isn’t charged. The day before you leave, gather up all of your electronics (MP3′s, PDA’s and cameras) and fully charge all of them. Remember to pack your power cords.
Taking a vacation should be relaxing. The last thing you need is to be worrying about the house while you are away. By taking a few simple measures to help ensure the safety of your home you can relax and enjoy your time away.