5 Things to Do Before You Go Out of Town

Don't make your home an afterthought

Angi Staff
Written by Angi Staff
Updated May 11, 2022
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  1. PROTECT YOUR PIPES

    While you're gone, don't set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees. Any lower, and you run the risk of coming home to a bunch of burst pipes.

    Related: How to keep pipes from freezing

  2. STOP YOUR MAIL AND PAPER DELIVERIES

    Call the post office and ask to them to hold your mail during the dates that you're away. You'll be able to pick it up when you're back in town. If you subscribe to any newspapers, have them halted while you're gone. The last thing you want is a tell-tale stack of papers on your front porch!

  3. CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE

    The last thing you want when you return home is to open the fridge and smell curdled milk. Before you leave, toss anything that might spoil while you're away.

  4. SPRINKLE BAKING SODA IN THE TOILET

    To avoid being greeted by the nasty stench of stagnant water when you return home, sprinkle some baking soda in the toilet bowl! It will absorb any nasty smells that accumulate while you're gone. This also works with sink drains.

  5. REMOVE YOUR SPARE KEY

    Leaving an extra key under the doormat or in a fake rock isn't a great idea while you're on vacation. If you have a spare key, give it to a neighbor you trust while you're gone or hide it in one of these five genius places.

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