Things to Do Before You Leave for Vacation

When packing their suitcase, most people follow a list. So, it makes sense to do the same before you
leave for vacation.
Whether you’ll be gone for the weekend or a month-long getaway, these quick, simple tasks will help
ensure peace of mind and prevent coming home to a disaster.

Remove your spare key
If you have a spare key, leaving it under a fake rock, the door mat or somewhere outside the house is
definitely not a good idea. Instead of leaving it in your usual hiding spot, it would be best to give it to a
friend or a neighbor you trust.

Turn off the main water supply
A water leak could be catastrophic if no one is around to deal with it. That being said, we suggest turning
off the main water supply, especially if you’ll be gone for an extended period of time.
There’s no downside in turning off the water supply. Aside from peace of mind, you’ll be able to save
thousands of dollars in potential damage.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaving the appliances plugged in even when not in use still
use up energy, which may add more than 10% to your monthly bill.
There’s no need to waste energy on televisions, computers, toaster and other appliances. So, unplug all
the appliances before you leave. As a bonus, you can save money in the process.

Empty your washer
Make sure that your washer is clear and your clothes are dry before you go. Moist clothes will attract
mold and mildew if they’re left in the washing machine.

Light rooms
You want to live the house looking like it’s lived in so it wouldn’t be a target for burglars.
Put timers on lights at different times of the night. This way, people will think that someone just flipped
on the switch. If you don’t have a timer, you might want to get one. They’re available at home centers
for less than $10 each.