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Home staging is one of the most important things you can do if you are planning on taking a long term vacation in this area. There are many types of scams that take advantage of people who do not properly prepare for their trip. They target those who do not have a clue as to how to stage their home for vacationers. In this article I will be discussing what some of the best ways are to make sure you do not become a victim of one of these scams.

First, before you do anything about preparing your home for a long term vacation, you need to make sure it is as empty as possible. This may sound obvious, but those who rent a home on a regular basis know how easy it is to let furniture and other belongings pile up after a few months. By cleaning out your home and throwing away anything that is not being used, you will make it so much less appealing for anyone who might be tempted to come in on a weekend or a holiday and steal your items. The more empty your house is, the better off you will be.

Consider turning off water to your entire home, to avoid the kind of leaks and other emergencies that would require a plumber ( ) to solve. But of course, be sure to turn off water heaters, ice machines, humidifiers, and any other appliances that require water to operate.

Second, you should get all your paperwork together. All the papers that will be needed when renting your home will be required for a long term vacation rental. Having these ready and available will make it so much easier to get a good deal when renting your home.

Next, you will want to make sure you have everything you need already packed into your car. This is especially true for long term rentals. As the owner of the home, you will have to make room for all of your belongings in your car. You will want to pack clothes for each member of the family, as well as linens and towels for the bathroom.

After you have made the necessary arrangements to get everything you need in the way of personal effects into the car, it is time to start thinking about what you are going to pack for your stay. If you have enough space, you may want to bring a little extra with you. You can have a change of clothes, towels and pillows stowed away in the trunk of the car. However, if you have limited space and need to get dressed quickly before your rental is up, it may be a good idea to leave these items at home. The last thing you want is to be stuck at the hotel trying to find a bed or a towel on your return trip.

Getting a head start on packing for a long term vacation will ensure that you have all the essentials when you arrive. No matter where you live, long term vacations are often busier than the norm. This means that you may not be able to find the clothes you need to look presentable. It is best to start packing early so that you don't leave anything behind when you leave.

Also, when you are preparing your home for a long term vacation, it is important to do some repairs and maintenance around the house. You may be able to save money by fixing up your own home before you take off. But if this is not possible, at least bring your general repair tools to fix things around the house. You never know when a leaky pipe will occur or a broken pipe will prevent you from using the house for a few days.

In addition to packing your home for a vacation, you will also need to get your paperwork in order before you leave. You will need to have your insurance cards, green card and visa cards ready. Make sure you get copies of your birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce papers. Then you will need to write out a list of all the people who will be staying with you and how long they will be staying. You should also include a copy of the lease agreement and a copy of your rental agreement. Make sure that you keep these documents in a safe place.

Preparing your home for a long time away from it is very beneficial and will help with stress when you are away - and when you return. 

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