Vacation Tips

This time of year many of us head out of town – maybe sompleace south for a while. RISMeida recently posted 10 Tips to keep your home safe while you’re gone…
  1. Turn down your thermostat, but don’t shut it off. You shouldn’t set your thermostat any lower than 55 degrees in order to protect your pipes from freezing.
  2. Arrange for snow removal in your absence in case there’s a storm while you are away.
  3. Make sure to hold the mail and newspaper.
  4. If possible, leave a key with someone you trust, preferably a neighbor and have them keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.
  5. Unplug all electronics that don’t need to used like the television, coffee maker, and home computers.
  6. Lower the temperature on your water heater.
  7. If you can, leave a car in the driveway and use timers to turn on outdoor and indoor lights to give the impression that someone is home.
  8. As excited as you may be to go on vacation, avoid advertising it over Facebook and Twitter.
  9. If you have access to one, place all your valuables in a safe or safe deposit box.
  10. Remember, if your house is on the market, you can ask your REALTOR® to stop by and check in.

Submitted by Minneapolis Real Estate Agent, Mary Rugani.

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