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Going on Vacation This Summer? Tips to Prepare Your Home for Vacation

House checklistSummer vacations are a great time to re-group and make some wonderful memories with your loved ones. It should be a time of joy, not a time to worry about the state of your home. There are many things you can do to prepare your home for vacation to give you peace of mind.  Here are some tips to prepare your home for vacation.

Plumbing

To prepare your home for vacation you will want to have your plumbing inspected. Leaks and other plumbing disasters have a funny way of waiting until you are miles away to strike! By inspecting your plumbing before you go on vacation this summer you reduce the risk of any mishap while you are away. To inspect your plumbing, you should check:

  • Under the sink for any leaks
  • Around faucets and shower-heads for leaks
  • Around water heater for leaks
  • Water supply lines for any frays or visible signs of damage

You may also want to consider turning off the water supply, either the main water supply if you have access, or the individual water supplies to your plumbing fixtures and appliances if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time.

HVAC

Technician inspecting boilerAnother thing you will want to do to prepare your home for vacation is to check your HVAC. Your HVAC should be checked at least once a year, however before you go on vacation is the perfect time. Have a professional perform a routine check and maintenance on your unit before you head out of town to ensure that everything is in good working order. This includes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Another thing you may want to do to prepare you home for vacation is adjust the temperature on your thermostat. While you are away there is no sense in keeping your home so cool. If you want to run your unit for you pets or to maintain an average temperature in your home consider adjusting your thermostat to 70 degrees or higher. Your unit won’t have to work so hard and you will save on your utility bill.

When going on vacation it is always a good idea to ask someone that you trust to look over your home while you are away. This could be a neighbor, friend, or family member. Provide them with your contact information so they can easily get a hold of you in the event that there is an emergency. You may also want to provide them with a list of your preferred home services companies. For more tips to prepare your home for vacation contact John Owens Services today!

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