The last of the burgers have been flipped, the bathing suits and towels have been hung up to dry and Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is quickly coming to a close and that means it’s time to close down your vacation home until next year. So, what exactly do you need to do? Use the checklist, below:
- Give the floors a scrub-down. Sweep them, mop them or vacuum them and don’t forget to scrub the less obvious things like the dishes, the bathtub and the small appliances.
- Turn off the main water supply to avoid pipes freezing and cracking over the winter.
- Unplug all appliances, even the television, to protect them from severe storms and to save money on electricity bills.
- Turn off all circuit breakers except for alarms.
- Clean out the fridge and the freezer and remember that even canned goods can explode if they freeze during the off-season.
- Clean up the yard, deck and patio and store away the grill, outdoor furniture and garbage cans.
- Lock the windows and doors.
- Take out the last load of garbage before you leave. You’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise if you leave trash sitting in the house.