Tips for Travel Prep

As the holidays approach, many of us are planning to travel, either over the Thanksgiving weekend or to visit family and friends during the season. Keep this checklist handy to help make leaving home easier.

  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery.
  • Discard perishables in the fridge.
  • Keep a list of essentials inside your suitcase to take the guesswork out of packing.
    • If you travel often, keep a second set of toiletries for packing.
  • Pack outfits individually to make sure you don't forget items.
    • Consider packing only what you can't buy at your destination.
  • Unplug Electronics
  • Charge all cell phones and electronic devices.
  • Pack chargers and cords.
  • Turn off power strips to computers and TVs.
  • Unplug coffee maker, iron, toaster, hair dryer and small appliances.
  • Mute the telephone ringer.
  • Make the Home Appear Occupied
    • Stagger timers on lights in multiple rooms, and leave blinds or drapery partially open so home appears to be occupied.
  • Make sure windows and doors are locked.
  • Notify a neighbor or family member of trip and give them your contact information.
  • Always take a printed copy of your itinerary.

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About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.