When thinking about where you’ll travel this year, also make plans to prepare your home before vacation. This guide highlights the importance of getting your home ready before you leave town.

1. Prepare Your Home Before Vacation by Communicating

Tell your neighborhood watch group that you will be away. Also, inform your alarm company if you have one. Let a trusted neighbor know so they can keep an eye on your home, and have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail and park a car in your driveway.

Communicating that you are going on a vacation does not mean posting information about your vacation on social media. This could make your home vulnerable to break-ins. Criminals have learned to pay attention to social media in their search for targets.

2. Maintain Air Flow

Prepare your home before vacation by making sure there is enough air flow. Turning your central air completely off causes stagnant and humid air that can contribute to mold growth. Leave the HVAC on, but adjust the temperature so it won’t be working as hard while you’re away. To save energy, set your water heater on vacation mode too.

3. Prepare Your Home Before Vacation With a Thorough Cleaning

Another step in preparing your home before vacation is to clean the house before you leave. If you will be away for an extended period of time, place dust protectors over the furniture. Clean areas that most people tend to forget, like trash cans. Clean your entire kitchen, including the garbage disposal, and take out all of the household trash so that you return to a fresh smelling house. Make sure any laundry is washed, dried, and put away before you leave.

4. Unplug Appliances

When you’re away, unplug any appliances that are not going to be used while you are away to save energy and lower your utility bill.

These are just some of the things you can do to prepare your home before vacation. You will be able to enjoy your vacation more when you have peace of mind that you will come back to a clean and secure home.

OMI Inspection provides home inspection services to Toledo, Ohio and Southwest Michigan. Contact us to schedule an appointment.