Preparing to leave your home for any season requires some planning. However, with the threat of freezing temperatures, another layer of risks are inevitably added. To prevent things from going haywire in your absence, stick to this easy to follow checklist. Next, don’t leave town without protecting your investment with a customized Clifton NJ Home Insurance policy.
Unplug all appliances that are not necessary keep on. This includes coffee makers, toasters, clocks, TV’s etc. This will only add to your electric bill and can increase the risk of fire. If possible, put lights on sporadic timers to make the home look lived in, as well.
Clean it out.
Be sure to clean out your refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and trash cans so you don’t come home to a foul, rotting smell. Plus, this odor will attract creatures and bugs in your absence, so plan ahead!
Turn down the heat.
Naturally, when no one is in the home, there is no need to crank the heat. Instead, keeping the house at a cool 50 degrees will prevent the pipes from freezing over. Ask a friendly neighbor to keep an eye on your heat-sensitive plants if you have any.
Turn off the water.
Turn off the water supply to your home and open all faucets to drain them. Leave one faucet open on the lowest level of the house to allow air and excess water to drain, recommends USA Today.
Ask for help.
Depending on how much snow you’ll get this winter, you might need to request the help of a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on the house. Politely ask them to bring in mail, shovel the driveway, and water plants while you’re away. Offer to pay them and return the favor whenever they need it!
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