Updated: Jun 29, 2019
12 Items to check before leaving home...
Water systems - Decide to shut off main water supply
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.
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.
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