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4 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Summer Vacation

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On June 5, 2015

Summer is finally here and summer vacation will follow! Many families plan for their summer vacation months in advance but did you know that you need to prepare your home for your vacation as well? Below are a few tips on what you should do to prepare your home for your upcoming vacation.

  1. summer vacationMow your grass before you leave for your vacation. I would suggest that you set the mower on the shortest cut you can get so that you don’t have to worry about it growing up while you are gone. If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time you may want to arrange to have a family member mow your yard at least once while you are gone. Mowing your yard before vacation makes it look like you are still at home and therefore may keep away potential intruders.
  2. Another thing you should do before you leave on vacation this coming summer is to contact the post office and have your mail canceled while you are gone. You can pick your mail up at the post office once you arrive back home and start your service back up. This may sound like a huge ordeal but it really is an easy way to keep things neat and tidy while you are away from home. This simple act will also deter intruders.
  3. If you don’t want your house to stand out as if no one is home, you may need to install a flood light that is activated by motion outside of your home. This way if someone walks up to your house that is not suppose to be there the neighbors will be able to see them and can report anything out of the ordinary. Another thing you can do with lights is to set a few inside lights on a timer so that it looks like you are home.
  4. Some water heaters have a VAC mode otherwise known as a vacation mode. If you have this setting on your water heater it’s a good idea to use it while you are away. Doing this is not only a good way to save on your bill but it is also a good way to avoid any type of flooding that may occur while you are gone. The last thing you want to come home to is a flooded house due to a broken or burst pipe.

Hopefully these tips will get you started in the right direction before you set off on your summer vacation and you’ll be able to relax and have fun without worrying about your house!

Information courtesy of Huntsville AL Realtor Mike Manosky.

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