Tips On Preparing Your Home For A Summer Vacation

The Fourth of July is finally here, and now until the school year is one of the most popular times for homeowners and families alike to take some time for a summer vacation!  Whether you're headed to the beach, the mountains or somewhere in between, it's crucial to prepare your home before you go to avoid disasters while you’re gone. A few simple steps can give you peace of mind and ensure that your home remains safe and secure while you're away.

At ServiceOne, we are your One Simple Solution! From home repairs and maintenance to installations, we can handle all of your home system and appliance needs! Below, we go over some things all homeowners should keep in mind while preparing for their upcoming vacations!

Secure doors and windows

Before you leave for vacation, double-check that all doors and windows are securely locked. While this basic step is essential for keeping your home safe from intruders, it’s also crucial in ensuring no outside air is getting into your home and potentially causing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to!

Set thermostat

While you’re away, adjusting your thermostat is a great way to save energy and money! In the summer months, set the thermostat to a higher temperature to prevent unnecessary cooling. If you have a smart thermostat, take advantage of its features to adjust the temperature according to your schedule!

Unplug appliances and electronics

To prevent energy waste and protect your home from potential electrical hazards, unplug non-essential appliances and electronics. Items like TVs, computers and kitchen appliances can consume electricity even when they're turned off. Unplugging them not only saves energy but reduces the risk of fire caused by electrical faults!

Check plumbing and appliances

Inspect your plumbing fixtures and appliances for any leaks or issues that could worsen while you are away. If you'll be away for an extended period of time, consider turning off your water supply to prevent any potential water damage from occurring. Scheduling a plumbing inspection with ServiceOne is another good idea and can help identify and resolve any underlying issues before you leave.

Review home security system

If you have a home security system, test it to ensure that it's functioning correctly. Update emergency contact information and notify your security company of your travel dates. Modern security systems often include mobile apps that allow you to monitor your home remotely.

Leave emergency contacts

Lastly, leave emergency contact information with your neighbors, friends, and family members. Include your home service providers contact information for any home maintenance emergencies that may arise in your absence!

By following these tips, you can enjoy your summer vacation knowing that your home is prepared and protected. At ServiceOne, we're here to help you maintain a safe and comfortable home year-round. Have a wonderful and relaxing Fourth of July!

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