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SnowBird CheckList

  • Bring in anything located outdoors that may blow around in a heavy wind storm or hurricane.

  • Make sure any food items that could rot or draw bugs are thrown away.

  • Leave garage door opener on kitchen countertop at easy to find spot.

  • Set hot water heater to low or off setting.

  • Make sure all curtains and blinds are closed to prevent anyone from seeing inside.

  • Set thermostat to AC no higher than 78 degrees to prevent mold growth. If humidistat is installed set to 20-40% relative humidity.

  • Pull furniture away from the walls and pull out loose cushions on couches and chairs. This allows air circulation that will retard mold and mildew.

  • Check or have someone check your plumbing system for leaks. Look for wet areas or water stains in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas.

  • Make sure all windows are closed and locked. Place security bars in sliding doors. Close all blinds, draperies and awnings.

  • Leave ceiling fans on low to promote air circulation. Cover furniture with dust covers.

  • Consider having duplicates of your medications in both locations.

  • Unplug all electronic devices that do not need to run while you are away.

  • Pour a diluted mix of water and bleach down all drains and toilets before covering with plastic wrap. Do not forget the washing machine drain.

  • Run ice cubes through your garbage disposal.

  • Then flush with baking soda and water followed by spraying with WD-40 and putting the stopper in place.

  • Place ant traps near piping or where pipe holes exist in the flooring or wall.

  • Inspect or have your roof inspected for damage or leaks.

  • Verify all sprinkler heads are working properly and cycle times are correct for season.

  • Find a trustworthy neighbor or home watch company and leave a house key with them so they can inspect every so often.

  • Thoroughly clean all appliances. Don’t forget the toaster, toaster oven and range, including oven and broiler, as well as burners and drip pans.

  • Turn on security system.

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