Sunscreen? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Trashy paperback novel? Check.
You follow a list when you’re packing your suitcase, so why not do the same when you’re leaving your house for an extended period of time? Ensure peace of mind while you’re on summer vacation by remembering to do these nine things before you take off for a week of relaxation.
A pile of newspapers on the front stoop is a dead giveaway that you’re out of town and off of your property.
Leaving an extra key under the doormat or in a fake rock isn’t a great idea while you’re on vacation. If you have a spare key, give it to a neighbor you trust while you’re away.
You don’t want people to peer into your house and see that it’s empty today. And tomorrow. And the next day… Bonus: Closing your curtains and shades will save you money on your energy bills by keeping the sun out!
An empty house doesn’t need hot water, and your water heater will cost you money while you’re gone. So turn it off! To learn more about your hot water heater, read: Inspect and Maintain Your Hot Water Heater.
The last thing you want when you return home is to open the fridge and smell curdled milk. Before you leave, toss anything that might spoil during your trip.
To avoid being greeted by the nasty stench of stagnant water when you get home, sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl. This also works with sink drains.
There’s no need to waste energy on toasters, computers, televisions and other appliances while you’re gone. Instead, unplug them. To learn more about energy hogs, read: Identify Home Energy Hogs.
Unless you like the smell of garbage permeating your house, take it out now.
Moist clothes will attract mildew and mold if they’re left in the washing machine. Before you go, make sure that your machine is clear and your clothes are dry. Also, it’s a good idea to turn off the water to the washer, too, so that if it leaks, you won’t have a flooded laundry room.
Save energy and money by adjusting your thermostat while your gone. There’s no reason to cool an empty house!