Published On: Fri, Dec 5th, 2014

4 Ways to Prep the House Before Taking a Vacation

You have plenty on your to-do list before taking a vacation, from making sure a neighbor picks up the newspapers to having a color coded packing list. However, there are more things you should do to prepare your home for a short-term vacancy. Burglars might be scouting the neighborhood for winter holiday travelers, and the chilly months are prime time for some disasters like frozen pipes.

Here’s the ultimate guide to getting your home safe, sound and secure before taking off. Call in a contractor for the big jobs like checking the plumbing, and make sure to follow social media best practices such as not announcing a vacation in advance.

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1. Unplug everything you can

Not only will this conserve energy, but if there’s a power surge or shortage, you’re not needlessly putting your costly electronics at risk. In fact, Daily Finance recommends a number of appliances that should be unplugged daily to add up to serious cost savings. Why pay to keep that microwave plugged in when you’re on the other end of the world indulging in a resort’s buffet? Most Americans needlessly waste money for habits they wouldn’t notice were they to change.

2. Upgrade the front doors to a kickplate deadbolt variety

Numerous security personnel recommend all exterior doors have a solid core with a kickplate and a deadbolt. Check out what Readers Digest recommends as the top temptations for burglars and make sure you’re not making common mistakes. From having non-prickly bushes growing near windows to not moving your car in the snow, there are a number of blunders most people make on a daily basis.

3. Get the plumbing checked

This should be done every autumn regardless of vacation plans, but if you haven’t done it this autumn right now is the best time to take care of it. Pipes can freeze in the winter leading to a sudden burst pipe, and the temperature shift can turn a minor leak into a major one. Only a plumber can assess the health of your pipes.

4. Have the roof inspected

Like pipes, roofs have a tough job during the winter months and the last thing anyone wants is to come home to a major leak. If there’s snow in the area, make sure to sweep it off the roof and hire a professional to do so on a routine basis while you’re gone. That’s a lot of weight for a roof to carry.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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