August 21st, 2017

Get Out There!

Home Owners Network

1
Get your appliances ready.

  • Make sure that all of your small appliances are unplugged. While it may not be much, there’s no need to pay for electricity that you aren’t using.
  • Most modern water heaters have a “vacation mode”—Use it.
  • Turn off the valves to your dishwasher and refrigerator. That way you can have piece of mind that nothing is leaking while you are away.

2
Get the kitchen ready.
Nothing is worse than coming home to a smelly house.

  • Make sure to take out the trash before you leave.
  • Clean out the fridge and get rid of any foods that might go bad.
  • Run your garbage disposal with a half-cup of vinegar and some water.

3
Let the right people know that you will be leaving.

  • Let your bank and relevant credit providers know you will be traveling.
  • If you have a security system, tell your monitoring company you will be away.
  • Make sure a neighbor or someone trusted has your emergency contact info.
  • Put a stop to the newspaper while you are away – Make your absence a little less noticeable.

4
Get the house ready for your return.
Nothing is better than coming home to a clean house.

  • Wash the sheet and make the bed before you leave. You will be very happy you did when you get home from a long day of travel.
  • Stock up on some cereal and shelf stable milk, or any other foods that will keep why you are away. That way your first breakfast is ready and requires as little thought as possible.

Like they say “absence makes the heart grow fonder”! With a little bit of preparation, we hope that you fall in love with your home all over again this summer.

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