To avoid facing any last minute obstacles, a few weeks prior to leaving, start evaluating the condition of the property. Examine the exterior closely, checking the foundation, siding and trim for cracks and crevices. After inspecting the entire home for damages, from top to bottom, inside and out, arrange to have repairs made.
Clean the Gutters
Inspect the Roof
Carefully using a ladder or binoculars, check the roof for any raised shingles. If there are any signs of damage or wear, make repairs accordingly. Also, be sure to inspect the eaves, where the roof overhang meets the house. Pests seeking to nest will look for refuge in the solar-warmed spaces of house attics.
Shut Off Power and Gas
Electricity should be shut off at the main, leaving only circuits that control necessities such as the alarm system. In addition, unplug all appliances to prevent possible damage caused by lightning. While gas should also be turned off at the main, the safer option would be to have the service temporarily suspended.
Turn Off Water Supply
All the water pipes need to be drained. Turn off the main water supply and working your way from the top of the house to the bottom, open all the faucets and leave them open. Remember to also drain the supply hoses to indoor and outdoor outlets as well.
Clean the Rooms
Clean out all the closets and cabinets and leave them open to ventilate. All the bedding should be removed and stored away. However, still be sure to cover all the mattresses to prevent any unwanted burrowing animals.
Go Through the Pantry
Since food can attract unwanted animals, it is crucial to thoroughly clean the kitchen. Store all non-perishable food in air tight containers and relocate cans to the basement or bring them back to your primary residence.
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