Vacation Checklist for Summer of 2018

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Checklist for a Worry Free Vacation

How many of us begin obsessing about our home’s safety as soon as we are out the door for a well-deserved vacation? We worry about so many things; recent break-ins in the neighborhood; leaving the iron or stove on: or a water pipe bursting. It’s enough to make you stay home to avoid the stress! But don’t worry—there are ways to prevent burglaries and other home-related disasters while you’re away.

Boost Your Home’s Protection
Use these suggestions as a checklist:
  • Install deadbolt locks.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Trim shrubbery that obscures windows and doors.
  • NEVER hide a key outside of your house.
  • In the summer, turn off the water heater and set your A/C at about 82 degrees to control humidity. For a winter getaway, turn your thermostat down to about 50 degrees.
  • Clean perishables out the refrigerator and cupboards. Turn off your ice-maker.
  • Unplug your TV, computer, and other electronics in case of a lightning surge.
  • Have a neighbor hold a spare key and check on the house periodically — if a water pipe breaks or you left the iron on, they can prevent further damage.
  • Pay a responsible neighborhood kid to pick up your mail and newspapers, or stop delivery at the post office and with the newspaper.
  • Ask a neighbor to drag a garbage can in front of your house on trash day and park in your driveway.


  • Put timers on lamps near windows so they will turn on and off in the evenings.
  • Install motion-activated lights outside the house.
  • Don’t announce your absence on your answering machine and don't put notes on your door, such as “Take deliveries next door.”
  • Call your local police to let them know you’ll be traveling. Some departments may send patrols out to your home while you’re away.
  • Move small valuables to a safe deposit box or safe.
  • For added peace of mind, prepay bills so you won't have to worry about them while you're away.

After you have completed the items on the list—you are ready for a worry free vacation! So kick back, and be rest assured your home is safe and secure.

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