Slide 1: Mow the Lawn

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Going away for more than a few days? Remember that grass grows quickly, and (at least in some neighborhoods) an unkempt lawn suggests an unoccupied house. So hire a neighbor kid to mow the lawn and trim the hedges in your absence. That way, your home will appear lived-in—and as a bonus, when you return, the landscaping will look great.


9 Ways to Safeguard Your House Before a Vacation

August is a great time for a family vacation—one last fling before school starts. But before you take a plane, train, or automobile out of town, make sure to protect your home against threats, ranging from burglars to basement floods. These simple tips can help you feel certain that whether you're gone for a few days or a few weeks, your home is going to be there waiting safely for you upon return.

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