Preparing for a vacation can be stressful but it’s important to think about the state you leave your home in for security and convenience purposes. By taking the proper steps, you can avoid future headaches upon your return.
Before you leave
Heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing
Especially if you will be gone for an extended period of time, running appliances while you are gone is a needless expense that can also cause costly problems. To avoid waste and potential issues, unplug small appliances and electronics and turn off your water valve to your dishwasher, washing machines, and all sinks. Set you water heater to “vacation” mode and your thermostat to a temperature close to the temperature outside.
Go the extra mile and do some simple tasks to make your return home a bit smoother. Start by cleaning out the fridge and throwing away all trash in your home. Take the time to wash your dishes and mow the lawn. No one likes coming home to a mess.
If you have a home security system, great! Make sure to arm it as you walk out the door. Whether you have a system in place already or not, there are some additional steps you can take to make your home less appealing to thieves. If you can resist, don’t broadcast your upcoming trip on social media, as this may make it easier for others to find out when and how long you will be gone. Make your home look inhabited with a car in the driveway (maybe enlist the help of a neighbor or friend), put your lights on a timer, and leave your blinds/curtains open. Lastly, stop your mail or ask a trusted neighbor to pick it up every day.
The unexpected can always happen but by following these steps, so make sure you have the right homeowners insurance for you. Get a free quote today.