1. Adjust thermostat settings:
Set your thermostat to a higher temperature to save energy while you're away, but don't turn it off completely to prevent humidity buildup.
2. Unplug appliances and electronics:
Avoid energy consumption and reduce the risk of electrical fires by unplugging non-essential devices.
3. Secure doors and windows:
Double-check locks and install window locks if necessary to enhance security.
4. Check for plumbing leaks:
Inspect your plumbing system for leaks and fix any issues to prevent water damage.
5. Clean out the refrigerator:
Dispose of perishable items and clean the refrigerator to prevent odors and mold growth.
6. Remove perishables from the pantry:
Donate or use up perishable food items to avoid attracting pests.
7. Set up a mail and package hold:
Contact your local post office to hold your mail and packages, or ask a neighbor to collect them to prevent an overflowing mailbox.
8. Arrange for lawn care and maintenance:
Ensure your lawn is mowed, and any landscaping needs are addressed to maintain curb appeal.
9. Notify a trusted neighbor or friend:
Let someone you trust know about your travel plans so they can keep an eye on your property.
10. Ensure your home insurance is up to date:
Confirm that your home insurance policy is current and provides coverage for any potential issues during your absence.