Many of the residents here in
Single Family Homes:
· Unplug all electrical items, except lights on timers. If you unplug the refrigerator, prop the door open.
· Turn the water off to your home. Do NOT leave the water faucets on.
· Put a clean filter in your air conditioner and set the temperature to 82- 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
· Set your Humidistat (a highly recommend installation) to 60-63%.
· Set out small containers of charcoal or cat litter in each room to absorb moisture and odors.
· Turn off the water heater. Remember to fill your water heater before turning it on when you return if you choose to drain it.
· Check your plumbing system for leaks. Look for wet areas or water stains in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry area.
· Weatherstrip and caulk windows and doors as needed.
· Clean leaves and debris out of your gutter system.
· Check the timer and operation of your lawn irrigation system and adjust if necessary.
· Check the tension on your pool cage anchor cables.
· Trim any tree limbs or branches that hang near the house or roof.
· If you have hurricane shutters, install them or make arrangements with a local company to install them prior to the approach of a hurricane or tropical storm.
· Inspect your metal roof. Have a professional re-coat seams or the entire roof, if necessary.
· Tighten any accessible cable style tie-downs until taut. If any tie downs are broken or significantly rusted, contact a licensed contractor for replacement.
· Fold or raise any awnings
It's also important to prepare your home so would-be burglars don't figure out it's unoccupied. Contact the local police or Sheriff’s office for a crime prevention brochure, or crime prevention tips.