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TrafficBefore leaving home here are 10 items you need to check:

  • Water systems
  • Turn off your hot water heater and your main water supply inside/out
  • Sewer systems - All toilet lids down and drain stoppers in place
  • Disposal - Run ice through your garbage disposal and no more food
  • Refrigerator - Empty the refrigerator of all perishable food, remove ice and shut off refrigerator water supply line. Place all pasta in refrigerator.
  • HVAC - Have your system serviced and filters replaced before you leave. Thermostat set between 78 - 80 degrees and humidistats at 50%... no higher.
  • Appliances - Unplug all appliances, including TVs, computers to prevent damage in thunderstorms. Place fresh batteries in smoke alarms and turn on ceiling fans.
  • Run dishwasher.
  • Washer/Dryer - Leave washer door and detergent drawer open and dryer door. Have dryer vent cleaned.
  • Interior - Open closet doors, close drapes and ensure windows and doors are locked.
  • Exterior - Check irrigation systems, arrange for lawn cutting, keep foliage away from house, check roofs and gutters for debris. Move patio furniture inside.
  • Security - Cancel mail, newspapers and cable. Review your insurance policy for vacancy stipulations.

Of course, become a Gold Key member and sign up for weekly Home Watch services, surprisingly affordable and invaluable protection for your home. Our web site has a complete check list, should you wish to download the form.

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