25 Checklist for Closing your Home for the Summer!

Reblogger Deborah Grimaldi
Real Estate Appraiser with Grimaldi Appraisal Services

Kathy was in the now and had some great information for us all so we do not miss all these important facts, thanks Kathy, this is great information I would like to share as well. Great Job!


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Original content by Kathy Schowe DRE# 1780607

summer checklist




Homeowners who are leaving for an extended vacation or the entire summer need to take steps to protect their home.  Desert locals  share these 25 steps they take to protect their homes:

summer checklist

  1. Local homeowners differ on whether to turn the air conditioner off or leave it at a high setting, but all agree to make sure it doesn't run constantly.
  2. Clean food out of refrigerators, freezers and cupboards.
  3. Lock all doors and windows.
  4. Unplug all appliances, TVs, lamps, radios, washers, dryers and small electronics.
  5. Close all blinds and curtains.
  6. Set lights and sprinklers on timers.
  7. Enlist a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the property or hire a property management company.
  8. If applicable, notify the homeowners association that the home will be vacant and provide them with emergency contact information.
  9. Arrange landscaping and pool care.Use earthquake safety straps and brackets to attach heavy furniture to walls.
  10. To help add moisture to furniture, place buckets of water throughout the home.summer checklist
  11. Close drains.
  12. Turn off inside water valves to the washer, under sinks and at toilets.
  13. Turn the water heater to the “vacation” setting.
  14. Turn off telephone ringers.
  15. Bring in outdoor furniture.
  16. Take out all trash.
  17. Strip beds to allow mattresses to air out.
  18. Vacuum carpets and floors to ensure that no sources of food remain for vermin.
  19. Take all small valuables with you.
  20. Arrange for mail forwarding, and stop the newspaper.
  21. Put candles and clothing items with elastic — bathing suits, undergarments, etc. — in the refrigerator to prevent the heat from destroying them.
  22. Lay lamps on the ground to prevent breakage in the event of an earthquake.
  23. Oil wooden furniture.
  24. Cover furniture with tarps to protect from dust and/or plastic in the event of a roof leak.

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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Thank you so much for the re-blog!  This list works well in arid climates-- and may need some tweeking for more humid or beach climates!  Kathy

Jul 08, 2012 05:11 AM #1
Deborah Grimaldi
Grimaldi Appraisal Services - Cranston, RI
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Hi Kathy,


Great information, thanks for sharing. I tried to comment on your original blog and got cut off with my computers erros I have been having issues with, great job!


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