As you get ready to travel to you favorite summer vacation spot, take a few minutes to run through this checklist and prep your home before you leave; it could make your return just a little bit sweeter!
Light it Up-
The kitchen (usually in the rear of the home) is a favorite break-in spot. Move a lamp into the kitchen and arm it with a timer that you can set to come on at random times. Also illuminate the main exterior entrances of your home with outdoor timers as well.
Don’t Socially Announce –
Don’t post pictures on Facebook until you are home and don’t change voicemail greetings to say that you are out of town.
Keep Cool –
Don’t turn off your homes AC, mold and mildew can grow in a few days with warm temps. Instead set the thermostat to 82 Fahrenheit and your home will stay cool enough to prevent both.
A power surge can damage small appliances or cause fires. Unplug all items that are not plugged into a surge protector, such as a toaster and coffeemaker; and turn all surge protectors to off.
Don’t Forget to Flush –
Flush the toilets and leave the lid up (just this once) so you won’t come home to icky, stagnant water.
Tidy the Kitchen –
Run the dishwasher to clean all dirty dishes. Remove them and leave the door open. This will allow the interior to dry completely and it won’t smell musty when you return.
Prune tree branches that extend over your house, especially if they are dying or are dead. Doing this will help prevent expensive damage if a storm hits while you are away.
Stop your Mail –
Have your mail held while you are gone and suspend your newspaper deliveries. Or you could ask a trust worthy neighbor/friend to bring your mail inside while you are away.
Lock All Entryways –
Most burglars will use force to gain entry, but they often look first for open windows and doors. Double check that all are locked (even on the 2nd story), replace any broken window panes, and bring in any hidden keys.
Set the Alarm –
Notify your security company that you will be away. Give a relative or friend the security code, the company name, your itinerary, and your contact numbers just in case. Also test your smoke alarms before you depart to make sure they work.
Get help –
Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your home every other day if possible and to bring in any unexpected deliveries like a phone book or circulars. Make sure you give them a key.
Taking time to prepare your home can help give you greater peace of mind while you travel.
Go on, relax and have fun!
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