Preparing Your Home for Summer Vacation

Have you ever left for vacation with a nagging feeling that you forgot something? Maybe you forgot to leave the answering machine on, or didn't give your neighbor a set key of keys to water the plants.

To make sure that your home will be in the same shape as when you left, we've prepared some helpful hints for before and while you're away. After all, leaving worries behind is what vacation is all about.

Here's a list to get you started.

Two Weeks Ahead

  • Notify your local police department. In many communities they will periodically patrol your neighborhood, as well as check your windows and doors.
  • Stop daily and weekly newspapers.
  • Arrange for lawn service.
  • Arrange for pet care.
  • Check your alarm system and notify the companies that monitor your fire and burglar alarms.
  • Cut shrubs below window level and trim trees away from your house.
  • Check your outdoor sprinkler system.
  • Stop all routine delivery services such as groceries.
  • Purchase light timers/check operation.
  • Arrange for final trash pickup.
  • Leave a key, itinerary, alarm code and phone number with a trustworthy neighbor. You may also want to tell the neighbor how to turn off your sprinkler system if your town institutes a water ban and you run your system off town water. You could face heavy fines, along with some angry neighbors.

Just Prior to Departure

  • Flush toilets.
  • Run dishwasher.
  • Set thermostats higher than normal if you run air conditioning. Don't turn off your air conditioning if you live in a high humidity area, as it may lead to mold.
  • Unplug nonessential electrical appliances.
  • Turn off water to washing machine and toilets.
  • Set timers and light. Set several to switch on and off at different times of the day and night.
  • Check window locks.
  • Throw away refrigerated items that may spoil while you are away.
  • Make sure trash is out of the house.
  • Unhook electric garage door openers and manually lock them. 
  • Set alarm.
  • Lock doors including deadbolt locks.
  • Turn on answering machine.

Careful planning can help you protect your home and belongings while you're on vacation, giving you the added peace of mind that will keep your mind on your vacation.

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