How to Prepare Your Home for Spring Break Photo Credit via pixabay.com Traveling the world and leaving your home empty and vulnerable can be nerve-wracking. Whether you’re leaving for a few days or a few weeks, there are some important things you should know to prepare your home. Install timers Setting timers for electronics, like televisions and stereos, gives the appearance that the house is occupied. It also ensures that no appliance is running too long. Strategically place the timers on lamps that are visible from windows, and set the timers to go off at dark. Save energy There’s no need to waste energy and money while you’re out of town. Set your thermostat to a higher temperature during spring break. You could also install a smart-thermostat, allowing you to control your home’s temperature via your tablet or smartphone. Be sure to also lower the temperature setting on your water heater while you’re away for even more energy savings. Walk around your home and unplug any electronics that may pose fire hazards if they are plugged in. Shut off the Water Shutting off the main valve that controls all the water for your home is the best protection against catastrophic water damage. There are two types of main shutoff valves: the gate valve and the ball valve. Be sure to check supply lines, test the sump pump, and check the gutters to prevent water damage. Lock up It may sound obvious, but in the rush of leaving, it’s not unusual for people to forget to lock their doors and set their alarm systems. Double check that all exterior doors, windows, and gates are secure. Before leaving, walk through each room of your home one last time. Look for anything that needs to be turned off, turned down, or unplugged. Make sure stovetops, ovens, and coffee makers are turned off. If you have a fireplace, close the chimney flue. Leave with Peace of Mind Your spring break should be relaxing and worry-free. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare your home before you leave on any long trip. Most of these tasks take seconds and will become instinctual every time you leave for a long trip. The best part of the above recommendations is the peace of mind they’ll give you if you’re away from home. No more worrying about coming home to water in the basement! If your home does suffer damage from a fire, flood, storm, or another disaster, call Restorations Experts. Our knowledgeable team acts fast and is available 24/7. Call us today at 877-324-9982 for more information.