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What maintenance items should I address before leaving for a trip?



We know you love your new Van Metre home. When you decide to leave on vacation, here are some tips to protect your home while you're away:

  • Turn off the water to your house or unit
  • Set heating or AC between 65 and 75 degrees
  • Control humidity levels year-round to be between 30 and 50 percent.
  • Make sure your dehumidifier can drain while you're away
  • If you have an areaway, make sure the drain area remains clear
  • Check for positive drainage around the exterior of your home
  • Clean, test, and change batteries as needed in all smoke alarms
  • Arrange for a friend or neighbor to check on your home and water your lawn if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time