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10 Things You Should Do Before You Leave Your Home For Summer Vacation

Cara Pearlman

Cara draws on deep knowledge of the local real estate market and more than a decade of industry experience to counsel each client through buying ...

Cara draws on deep knowledge of the local real estate market and more than a decade of industry experience to counsel each client through buying ...

Jun 29 4 minutes read

Summer is officially here and there is no better time to embark on exciting travel adventures and create lasting memories. Whether you're planning a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous road trip, it's essential to ensure that your home is properly prepared before you leave. Taking a few precautions and completing some essential tasks can offer peace of mind and help protect your home while you're away.  In this blog post, we are sharing 10 important things you should do before you set off on your summer travels.

Secure Your Home:

Before leaving, make sure all doors and windows are securely locked. Consider notifying a trusted neighbor or friend about your absence, so they can keep an eye on your property.  If you are going to be gone for an extended period, you might want to alert the local police department.  There is a good chance they will do extra runs by your house!

Adjust Thermostat Settings:

To save energy and maintain a comfortable temperature while you're away, adjust your thermostat accordingly. Activating energy-saving mode, if available, can help minimize energy consumption while away. 

Unplug Electronics and Appliances:

To prevent potential electrical hazards and save energy, unplug non-essential electronics and appliances such as TVs, computers, chargers, and kitchen appliances. This step will not only save you money but also reduce the risk of power surges and fire hazards.

Turn Off Water Supply:

Avoid potential water damage by turning off the main water supply to your home. This step can help prevent leaks or pipe bursts while you're away.

Check Smoke Detectors:

Ensure the safety of your home by testing and replacing batteries in your smoke detectors. This simple step can offer peace of mind and protect your property in case of an unforeseen fire emergency.

Set up Timers for Lights:

Create the illusion of an occupied home by using timers to control indoor and outdoor lights. Set them to turn on and off at different times to make your home appear occupied while you're away.

Stop Mail and Newspaper Delivery:

A pile of uncollected mail or newspapers is a clear sign that nobody's home. Temporarily stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you. You can also forward your mail to a temporary address if you're away for an extended period.

Arrange for Lawn Care:

Maintain the appearance of your property by arranging for lawn care or gardening services to ensure your yard doesn't become overgrown, signaling that your home is vacant.

Empty Refrigerator and Dispose of Perishables:

To prevent unpleasant odors and the growth of mold and bacteria, empty your refrigerator of perishable items before you leave. Run the dishwasher, take out the trash, and clean the sink to ensure there is no food residue that could attract bugs or rot while you’re on vacation.

Create an Emergency Contact List:

Prepare a list of emergency contacts, including neighbors, local authorities, and a trusted friend or family member. Include important contact information such as phone numbers and addresses, and keep a copy in a secure location or share it with someone you trust.  It is always a good idea to leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member.

We hope that by completing these 10 important items before your summer travels, you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind, knowing that your home is secure and well-prepared.  So, get ready to soak up the sun, explore new destinations, and make the most of your summer adventures!  Where are you heading this summer?

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