Thanks to Taylor Wesner for the post.
Vacations can be fun and exciting but coming home to a house that has been burglarized or damaged can be quite the opposite. You must always take steps to protect your home before leaving it to travel for summer vacation.
Be sure to survey all your valuably belongings. Put them in a safe place. Make sure you know where everything in your home is and put it in its proper place. This way if something is moved or missing you are aware of it.
A good idea would be to take pictures or record a video of every room in the house and compare it to the way your house looks afterward. Know what is included on your home owner’s insurance policy.
Unplug any small appliances, like a clock, or anything that has no use, like a television. But, for large appliances like a refrigerator do not unplug them, just turn the refrigerator down to a lower temperature. Make sure all the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors are working properly. It would be a great idea to replace the battery before you leave. Be sure to lock all windows and doors. Set your home security before leaving the house. Have a trusted friend or family member to come check on your home while you’re away.