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Here is a quick home checklist before going on vacation.
Suspend your mail and newspapers. Both of these tasks can be accomplished online.
Stop other delivery services.
Depending on how long you’ll be gone, you may need to arrange to have your lawn mowed.
If you are going for an extended vacation, arrange for your trash or recycle cans to be set out for collection and then returned to your garage.
Purchase timers to be set on a few lamps around your house. Lights timed to turn on and off at appropriate hours will give your home a lived in look while you are away.
Clean out your refrigerator and discard all perishables.
Leave a copy of your itinerary, cell phone numbers and a house key with a trust worthy relative or neighbor.
Turn up your air conditioning temperature (summer) but don’t turn the air completely off! Without air, mold and mildew will grow.
Adjust window shades and blinds to a semi-open position and park a car in your driveway, again trying to maintain the feel that someone is at home.
Empty your trash cans.
Unplug your washer and dryer, coffee maker, the iron if you were doing some last minute touch ups, toaster, hair dryer, phones without answering machines, radios and TV’s. This will save electricity and reduce damage should there be a power surge.
If you use gas, turn off the pilot light and shut down the water heater. Turn off the water to the dishwasher and clothes washer.
Cancel news paper and mail
Have some inside lights set on a multiple timed timer.