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Going on vacation? A few tips to prep your home.

If you’re heading out of town soon, you’re likely packing and preparing. Have you given thought to the home you’re leaving behind?
Right@Home™ and shares a few of the following tips to prepare your home before leaving for vacation:

Clean out the fridge – Throw away food that will expire while you’re gone. Quickly wipe away any spills that are still fresh with Pledge® Multisurface Wipes. They conveniently clean multiple surfaces-perfect for a quick and easy clean of your fridge.

Unplug appliances – Appliances continue to use energy even when the device is turned off. It is best to unplug all devices including phone chargers, computers, televisions and coffee pots. This will not only save energy, it will prevent damage from lightning strikes and power surges.

Prep your plants – Ask a friend or neighbor to water your plants, and be sure to leave multiple lists of all plants and their locations. Otherwise, invest in self-watering plant stakes.

Adjust air conditioning – The air conditioning system uses a significant amount of energy. Turn the temperature up 10 degrees higher than it is usually set, or have a professional install a programmable thermostat that can be adjusted to turn on and cool the home just before returning from vacation.

Clean garbage disposal – The waste disposal is notorious for developing unpleasant odors while the house is empty. It is wise to flush the garbage disposal out with ½ cup of white vinegar and hot water while the disposal is turned on.
Change the setting on the water heater – There is no need to heat water for an empty home. Adjust the water heater to vacation mode. If the water heater does not have a vacation mode, turn the temperature down. This will save a significant amount of money on the energy bill.

Put lights on a timer – According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), there are more than 2.15 million burglaries each year, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August. If a home is dark, it is a sure sign that someone is not home. Put a couple of lamps on a timer inside the home. Set these to go on and off at different intervals. This will give the illusion that someone is home and make the home less vulnerable to burglaries.

Treat stagnant water in toilet – Water left inactive in the toilet can produce a foul odor and a difficult to remove ring that forms around the toilet bowl. To prevent this, place ½ cup of bleach in the toilet bowl just before leaving home.

Visibility – Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally so there’s activity at your house.

Hold mail and newspapers – A call to your post office and news carrier will put your mail and newspapers on hold so they won’t pile up in front of your house while you’re gone.Helpful tips.

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  • Marge Dorsa / 22 July 2017 10:30

    Things can be hectic when getting ready for a vacation. Great tips to have as a check list. Thanks for the reminders, Annie!

    • Annie Freed / 4 August 2017 12:01

      Absolutely my pleasure Marge. Do you have tips you can share that I can add to those I send my customers.

  • Valerie Passerini / 27 July 2017 4:36

    Thank you for these tips. especially about the garbage disposal and toilet. Why had I never looked into this? I appreciated this post and hope you’ll do more in the future.

    • Annie Freed / 4 August 2017 12:02

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post Valerie. I am happy to share these tips. It is part of my passion to serve and help homeowners protect their largest personal investment. If I can ever be of help, please feel free to reach out to me.

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