Properly Close Up Your Summer Vacation Home for Fall

As Autumn rolls in, it might be time to close up your summer vacation home. The list below is an extended personal checklist of things to consider when shutting down your vacation home for the season.

Empty and Clean Appliances Remove all food from your refrigerator and freezer and wipe them down. Also, consider leaving the doors slightly ajar to prevent mold.

Be sure to clean and unplug your oven or turn off the gas as well. Also, remember to drain your water heater and turn off the gas or switch it to vacation mode.

Store Furniture If there isn’t storage space available on your property, consider renting a storage unit. A nice size storage unit will allow you to store outdoor furniture, bikes, small boats, and other summer toys that could be damaged if left outdoors.

Create a Home Inventory If you don’t have a summer home inventory, consider creating one. In case of an emergency, would you remember every possession you had in it?

Inspect Fireplace If you have a wood burning fireplace that you’ve used for a number of years without cleaning, consider having it inspected and cleaned by a reputable chimney sweep.

If you have neighbors or friends who live near your summer home all year round, consider asking them to check on your home periodically.

Creating a routine each time you leave your home empty for an extended period of time can keep work to a minimum when you return. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more help!

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