Five Things To Do Before Leaving For Vacation

 

Your tickets are booked and the itinerary has been planned for months. Today's the day-you're finally going on that well deserved vacation! If you’re one of the many traveling for Spring Break this week, you’ll want to consult our list on ways to prep your home before heading out:

  1. Hit pause on your mail service. Piled up mail on your porch is a red flag to potential intruders. Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail. If you can’t find one available, ask the post office to hold it. Your mail will remain safe until you return. Best of all, the service is free!
  2. Unplug small appliances. You’ll be grateful for the lowered electrical bill, and it decreases your chance of a fire.
  3. Adjust your thermostat. Another easy way to save some cash on your electric bill. During the winter, lower it between 50-60 degrees. If you set it lower than 50, you run the risk of frozen pipes. In the summer, set it to 85 or turn it off completely.   
  4. Shut down your water heater. Turn off the circuit breaker to the water heater. If you have a gas heater, turn off the gas valve to be safe.  When you return home, the hot water tap should be allowed to run before the power and gas are turned on to make sure the water tank isn’t empty. It can damage the unit if the tank is heated without any water in it.
  5. Check on your insurance. Knowing what your insurance policies cover can save you both time and money if something happens while you’re away. 

While vacations are exciting, they can be costly so it’s nice to be able to save money and have peace of mind that you can save on the home front while you travel. We suggest using the money you saved from this trip in a fund for your next getaway!