- Turn off your water supply. Keeping your water shut off while away from home is a good practice to help prevent any potential leaks. This is especially important if you ever leave your home during the winter months.
- Make sure all of the windows and openings to the home are closed and locked. Appliances should be unplugged, the oven should be checked that it is off.
- Take out any trash in your home, and clean out your refrigerator of perishables and items with short expiration dates. This will help prevent you from searching your house for any putrid odors when you return. You can also freshen your garbage disposal and drains with some baking soda and vinegar.
- Let your bank know you will be traveling so they don't accidentally freeze your account. Payments made in other states or countries can sometimes cause bank trouble.
- Have a friend collect your mail for you, or stop your mail service. Maybe that same friend can also cut your lawn or take care of any pets you may have. Neighbors are good to have!
- Deter any potential home invasions by making it seem the house is occupied. Keep a night light or two on, or set on a timer for your lights so they turn on and off periodically.
- Last but not least, save energy! Adjust your thermostat to an appropriate temperature for the season. If its warm out, use less AC, and if its cooler outside, keep your house at a cool temperature as well.
Going on vacation with the family? Don't forget to protect your home by checking somethings off the list before you pack your bags in the car: