The Pre-Vacation Checklist

As the days get long and hot most of us have on thing on our mind– VACATION.

It’s safe to say the week leading up to your vacation you will be dreaming of sandy shorelines and drinks on the beach. The last thing on your mind will be the home you are about to leave behind. Do not let your excitement lead to neglect of your home.

College Works Painting has created a checklist of things to do before you leave

  • Never announce that you are leaving/away (as hard as it is wait to post pictures until you get back!)
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Make sure all drains, drain-spouts, and gutters are clear
  • Find a friend to keep an eye on your home
  • Flush all toilets
  • Secure the garage and unplug the electric garage door opener
  • Arm your alarms
  • Stop deliveries and pickups or schedule someone to pick them up for you (mail, garbage, newspaper, etc.)
  • Power down and unplug appliances and electronics
  • Turn off the water
  • Trim tree limbs and plants that may interfere with your home
  • Don’t turn off the AC– instead set it to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep your home from having problems with mold or mildew
  • Run the dishwasher and leave the dishwasher door open when done
  • Use timers to light your home light you are home. If you don’t have timers, leave a couple dim lights on so the house is not entirely dark at all times

Now that you know your home is safe and sound you can enjoy your vacation without out any worries


Melanie Lovejoy
College Works Painting

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