Angie's How To 5 Things to Do Before You Go Out of Town

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Difficulty:33%
Time: 45 Minutes

Your house doesn't need as much attention as a pet or a child, but it does need some consideration before it's left alone for an extended period of time. By crossing off a few quick tasks, you can make sure your house is protected against damage, burglary and bad smells while you're out of town.

Tools & Materials Needed 
baking soda
1PROTECT YOUR PIPES

While you're gone, don't set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees. Any lower, and you run the risk of coming home to a bunch of burst pipes.

Related: How to keep pipes from freezing

2STOP YOUR MAIL AND PAPER DELIVERIES

Call the post office and ask to them to hold your mail during the dates that you're away. You'll be able to pick it up when you're back in town. If you subscribe to any newspapers, have them halted while you're gone. The last thing you want is a tell-tale stack of papers on your front porch!

3CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE

The last thing you want when you return home is to open the fridge and smell curdled milk. Before you leave, toss anything that might spoil while you're away.

4SPRINKLE BAKING SODA IN THE TOILET

To avoid being greeted by the nasty stench of stagnant water when you return home, sprinkle some baking soda in the toilet bowl! It will absorb any nasty smells that accumulate while you're gone. This also works with sink drains.

5REMOVE YOUR SPARE KEY

Leaving an extra key under the doormat or in a fake rock isn't a great idea while you're on vacation. If you have a spare key, give it to a neighbor you trust while you're gone or hide it in one of these five genius places.

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