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A Quick Home Checklist Before Going on Vacation

11 steps everyone should take before going on vacation.

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    If you are going on an extended vacation, turn up your air conditioning temperature (summer) but don’t turn the air completely off! Without air, mold and mildew will grow.
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    Purchase timers to be set on a few lamps around your house. Lights timed to turn on and off at appropriate hours will give your home a lived in look while you are away
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    If you use gas, turn off the pilot light and shut down the water heater.
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    Turn off the water to the dishwasher and clothes washer.
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    Unplug your washer and dryer, coffee maker, TV, and other appliances. This will save electricity and reduce damage should their be a power surge.
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    Adjust window shades and blinds to a semi-open position and park a car in your driveway, again trying to maintain the feel that someone is at home.
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    Clean out your refrigerator and discard all perishables.
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    Depending on how long you’re gone, you may need to arrange to have your lawn mowed.
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    Suspend your mail, newspapers, and other delivery services. These tasks can be accomplished online.
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    Arrange for your trash or recycle cans to be set out for collection and then returned to your garage.
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    Leave a copy of your itinerary, cellphone numbers and a house key with a trust worthy relative or neighbor.
 
 

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