The week before a vacation, I typically have one thing on my mind — vacation. I’m dreaming of beachy shorelines and piña coladas. The last thing on my mind is the home I’m leaving behind for a week. Do you too neglect your home with a fabulous vacay on the horizon? Unfortunately, our homes don’t appreciate being neglected. They require a little TLC before they’re left to fend for themselves. Luckily, HGTV Magazine has shared a checklist of things to do before you take off for vacation.
- Never announce you’re away (that means hold the Facebook photos until you’re back!).
- Eliminate easy access to your home by locking windows and doors.
- Make sure gutters, downspouts, and drains are clear.
- Enlist a friend’s help to watch your home.
- Flush all the toilets.
- Secure the garage and unplug the electric door opener.
- Arm the alarms.
- Stop all deliveries and pickups (mail, garbage, newspaper, etc.).
- Power down small appliances.
- Cut the water supply in flood-prone spots.
- Trim tree limbs.
- Don’t turn off the AC – set it to 82 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid mold and mildew.
- Run the dishwasher and leave the dishwasher door open.
- Use timers to light your home like you’re there.
For a more detailed checklist, read the full article on HGTV.com.