Preparing Your Home Before Vacation – by Robin Glasener
Bees are buzzing, the days are longer, the kids are out of school, and flowers are in full bloom! Yay!! Summertime is here. Whether you’re zipping off to visit family back east or traveling away to the Far East, there are several easy things you can do to help keep your home and belongings safe, while you’re enjoying your vacation.
It may seem like a “no brainer” but be sure to lock all your windows and doors and pick up any hidden spare keys you might have outside.
Set some indoor lights on timers, to give the appearance of being home, and install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight.
Nothing says “we’re on vacation” like a full mailbox, newspapers in front, an unkept yard, and all curtains/blinds closed. Put a hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries, and have a lawn service, or neighbor, mow and trim your yard. Keep your blinds and curtains as you normally would when you’re home but move any valuables out of view. Consider keeping prized valuables in a safe deposit box.
Ask a neighbor to help keep an eye on things or consider asking a friend to house sit. Home camera systems that offer remote mobile viewing can help you keep an eye on your things, too!
Park the car inside the garage, if you have one. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway, occasionally, so it looks like there is activity.
Alert the company providing home security services that you’ll be out-of-town.
Leave your emergency contact and travel plans with a family member/friend or neighbor.
Save on energy costs by unplugging TV’s, small electronics, and appliances, setting the thermostat to 85 degrees, and turning your hot water heater to low, or “vacation”.
Empty your refrigerator of food that might spoil, run your garbage disposal, and take out the trash.
Turn off water at the main shut-off valve, or individually turn off the valves to the dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator/ice maker, and all sinks and toilets. Leaks and flooding always seem to happen when you’re away.
Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
Finally, a couple of “dont’s”. Don’t post your vacation plans on social media and wait until you’re back home to upload all those wonderful vacation photos you took. (I know…it’s SO difficult!). Don’t leave messages on your phone or e-mails that you’re out of town.
To keep your vacation as stress-free as possible, following these steps can give you increased peace-of-mind while you’re away, so you spend less time worrying and more time making this the very best vacation, EVER!! Happy trails!
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