In my last blog I talked about how to prepare your appliances for summer vacation. There are a few other things every homeowner should do before he leaves town.

Just to make sure I don’t miss anything, I’ve asked a few of my business friends to give me their best tips. Each of these people is a professional in their industry. They’re experts.

I’ve learned a lot from them, and I know you will too. Put this list on your refrigerator, and use it as a vacation checklist to review before you head out of town.

Air Conditioning Tips
Jaric Air Conditioning and Heating Company, Jim Richmond, 972-423-1279

1.) “Have your air conditioning checked early in the season – April/May.”

2.) “Don’t turn your air conditioning completely off. Leave it at 83-84 degrees unless you have pets. Most pets can tolerate 80 degrees.”

3.) “It’s never a good idea to shut off some rooms. You have to have air flow through the house. You can shut off a zone if you want to.”

4.) “Make sure someone is checking your house regularly, and give them the number of your air conditioning company. Leaks from the attic could occur.”

House Sitting Tips
Call My People Concierge, Carolyn Winterbottom, 972-384-0400

1.) Before you leave for vacation, pick up and drop off prescriptions and dry cleaning

2.) “Have someone bring in mail, boxes, ads, and newspapers.”

3.) “Arrange for someone to walk your dog, feed and water animals and plants.”

4.) “Make sure someone takes vehicles in for scheduled maintenance, inspections and registrations.”

Garage Door Security Tips
Acme Garage Doors, Holly Russell, 972-458-000

1.) “To safely secure your garage door while you’re on vacation, a simple thing is to unplug your opener from the wall plug.”

2.) “If your opener is hard wired, you can switch off your breaker, just be sure you don’t have anything like a freezer on the same circuit.”

3.) “Some garage door openers now come with a multi-functional wall button. These allow you to disable your remote control using the lock mechanism.”

4.) “If you have a lock on your garage door, just be sure to disengage your opener.”

Sprinkler System Tips
Double J Lawn Service, J.J. McCormick, 972-575-8218

1.) “Make sure your sprinkler system is programmed and has a battery backup. Nothing’s worse than coming home to a burnt lawn and landscaping.”

2.) “Have your neighbor not only watch your house but watch your watering. You don’t want to have a watering valve stick open and run for days.”

3.) “If you don’t have a sprinkler system, have someone willing to water your lawn and plants for you to keep them alive.”

4.) “If you’ll be gone for several weeks, have a lawn service keep the lawn mowed. Let them know you’ll be gone so they can keep an eye on your place. Reliable services will do this for you.”

These are all great tips. I couldn’t have said them better myself. Give these folks a call if you have any questions. I know they’ll be happy to help you out.

As always, if you have appliance questions, call me, Tyler Adkins at (972) 890-5014.

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