Four tips to keep your home safe and comfy while you are on vacation

Labor Day weekend is bittersweet, isn’t it? Sure, most of us get a nice long weekend, but it also means the end of summer.

But us Minnesotans cherish summer too much to sit idly by and watch summer fade away. Heck no. We’re getting out of town – heading up north to the lake or cabin most likely – to make the most of the summer finale.

But before you pack up the car and leave town, make sure your home is safe and comfy so there will be no surprises when you return!

Here are four tips for keeping your home safe and comfy while you’re on vacation:

Stop mail and newspaper delivery
If you’re going to be gone for more than a couple of days, you may want to stop your mail and newspaper delivery. You don’t want to leave important mail unattended while you’re away and a front step full of newspapers is a clear indication of an unoccupied home. Call your local post office or submit a stop mail request online. Most post offices will hold your mail for up to 30 days.

Keep up appearances
You can’t stop the grass from growing while you’re away, so why not hire someone to mow your lawn and maintain your landscaping? Keeping up appearances will make your house look occupied, not to mention it is one less thing for you to worry about upon your return!

Save some energy
No need to waste money on your home’s energy when you’re not going to be there. Adjust the temperature of your thermostat up or down (depending upon if it’s summer or winter). You may not want to shut your central heating and cooling system off completely as that will force it to work harder to get to a comfortable temperature when you return. You can also unplug household appliances such as the toaster, coffee pot and unused cell phone chargers as these use energy when they’re plugged in even if they’re not turned on.

Enlist the help of a trusted neighbor
It’s always a good idea to have someone keeping an eye on your home when you’re away for extended periods of time. Even if you plan everything perfectly, there may still be unforeseen events such as a storm or emergency that could be disastrous if you don’t have a trusted neighbor ready to spring into action on your behalf.

adjusting thermostat

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