Below are some tips to prepare your house whenever you will be gone for an extended period.
THERMOSTAT – Our weather is mild enough that you can probably just turn your system off. Or invest in a “smart” thermostat that you can control from afar.
UTILITIES – You’ll want to leave power and water on so your landscaping timer system can still run to maintain your landscaping. However, there is a way to turn the water off to just the house, but leave the water running to the outside house bibs and therefore your landscape watering system. You’d hate to have a leak develop inside the house and run unchecked and cause tremendous damage.
WRAP YOUR TOILETS – This will sound like an April Fool’s prank, but it’s good to wrap your toilet bowels with clear plastic wrap. This keeps sewer fumes from entering the house while it’s vacant. Be sure to write a big black “X” on the film to warn anyone who may try to use it before the wrap is removed.
EMPTY FRIDGE/FREEZER – This of course depends on how long you’ll be gone. If you will be gone more than a few weeks, consider emptying these out completely and unplugging them. Not only will this save you from having spoilage if the power goes out, it will also save on your electric bill.
UNPLUG – Unplug as many appliances as you can. Some appliances still draw power while they are plugged in. It’s not much, but it can add up over time.
SECURITY – Vacant homes are ripe for break-ins. Consider putting some lights on random timing schedules. Ask a neighbor to park a car in the driveway now and then. Be sure to notify any newspaper services to stop delivering. Ask a neighbor to check on the property at least weekly to pick up any trash or marketing pieces delivered to your front door.
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