There are some very simple steps that you should always keep in mind when leaving your property. It doesn't matter if you are leaving for just a few days or for a long time period; following these steps can save you a lot of money and many headaches.
1. Check the Sump Pump
Close the valve on the main supply line, this will help you to prevent from major leaks. You are not going to have any water in your house, but your sprinklers will still work. If you do have a leak inside, the line will be under some initial pressure but it will not continue to spray water. The difference could be between having a leak of thousands of gallons or only 50 or 40 gallons from your water heater.
2. Check the Sump Pump
If you have a basement, make sure the sump pump is working before you leave town. If your sump pump fails during a storm, you could return to a flooded basement. When the pit fills with water the pump should turn on.
3. Turn up the Thermostat—but don’t turn Off the A/C Unit
There are many thermostats in the market that you can program the temperature with specific dates and hours. Newer models you to control the temperature of your property from your phone or mobile device. If this is your case it is recommended to set up your thermostat to 85 degrees and then turning it back to 72 degrees or your ideal temperature one day before you are coming back home (recommended temperatures during summer time). If your thermostat is manual, it's still important turning it up while you're gone. This way you won’t waist energy.
Do not turn your air conditioner off, the high temperatures could damage your wood furniture or also can impact wood doors, cabinets and flooring.
Since wood expands when it's warm and contracts when it’s cold, excessive heat could cause the flooring to expand and buckle, and doors to not close properly.
During winter just do the opposite. Turn down the thermostat, but don't turn off the heater, which could put your pipes in danger of freezing.
4. Keep Flowers Alive With a Soaker Hose
You can use a timer to set up when your hoses turn on and off.
5. Unplug Electronics
Unplug all your electronics that are plugged directly into the wall. If you do have them all run through surge protectors, just flip the switch to power them off.
6. Use Light Timers on Rooms
Light timers are very helpful to give your house the appearance of being occupied. Use timers on different rooms of the house and set them up on and off at different times of the night, making it look like someone was in the house flipping a switch.
If you would like to have some more information about this topic we recommend the article "7 Things to Do Before You Leave for Vacation" from the magazine "Popular Mechanics".