Fresh mountain air, swimming with dolphins, sipping wine at Martha’s, or taking a stroll on the boardwalk, we all want them, we all need them. Whether you're a mouse ears fanatic or all inclusive resorts snorkeler, vacations are important. Before you pack your suntan lotion and best Hawaiian shirt there's a few things you should really do to protect your home, so we made a little checklist to help you out.
- Turn the water heater to vacation setting.
- Shut off the water main, or all other shut off valves
- Adjust the thermostat (never below 50°)
- Ask someone you trust to stop by and check on your house while your gone
- Make sure all your doors and windows are locked
- Get a timer that turns on and off a lamp or 2 around the same time you would if you were home
- Check your fuse box and make sure your sump pump is working
- Clean out rain gutters
- Check your washing machine, nothing worse then coming home to a musty, moldy load of laundry.
- Stop the mail and newspaper or have someone you trust pick it up.
- Park your car inside the garage
- Turn on your porch lights and or Install motion activated sensors on outdoor floodlights.
- Unplug appliances and electronics to reduce chances of a short.
- Check smoke detectors
- Cut your grass, and if your going to be away too long hire a reputable bonded lawn care company to take care of the lawn till you get back.
- Leave a key with a trusted friend or relative
- Call your credit card company and home security company let them know you’ll be out of town
- Take out the trash, especially anything that might start to stink
- Dispose of any food that could go bad before you return from vacation
If something happens during your vacation, SERVPRO® of Hancock County is always here to help. Our highly trained team can assess the damages, email or text you pictures, and start cleaning or fixing your home, so you can finish your vacation with peace of mind. SERVPRO® of Hancock County is ready for whatever happens with the team and the tools to make it "Like it never even happened."