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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.

Prep Your Home for Vacation

  1. Never announce you’re away (that means hold the Facebook photos until you’re back!).
  2. Eliminate easy access to your home by locking windows and doors.
  3. Make sure gutters, downspouts, and drains are clear.
  4. Enlist a friend’s help to watch your home.
  5. Flush all the toilets.
  6. Secure the garage and unplug the electric door opener.
  7. Arm the alarms.
  8. Stop all deliveries and pickups (mail, garbage, newspaper, etc.).
  9. Power down small appliances.
  10. Cut the water supply in flood-prone spots.
  11. Trim tree limbs.
  12. Don’t turn off the AC – set it to 82 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid mold and mildew.
  13. Run the dishwasher and leave the dishwasher door open.
  14. Use timers to light your home like you’re there.

 

For a more detailed checklist, read the full article on HGTV.com.

6 Responses

  1. Carl says:

    Wow…That is all I can say. This is pure genius! I've needed this checklist for quite some time now. When i take my monthly vacay to the bird museum in Nebraska I really neglect my home!

  2. joeanna anthony says:

    Your tips is excellent. This summer I am definitely going to do this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Harry says:

    Great tips for those going on a vacation. I can also add that you can provide your home a security alarm system to record all the happenings while you are away and enjoying vacation.

  4. Albertdisuza says:

    Wow..really very nice tips, and worth following too. The next time I go on a vacation I would definitely keep them in mind. Thanks for sharing with us. Moreover, I liked the garden in the pic that you have posted. I love gardens and this one is very nice I must say.
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  5. Albertdisuza says:

    Wow..really very nice tips, and worth following too. The next time I go on a vacation I would definitely keep them in mind. Thanks for sharing with us. Moreover, I liked the garden in the pic that you have posted. I love gardens and this one is very nice I must say.
    http://www.californiafenceco.com/

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