Steps for a Worry-Free Fall Vacation

Oct 08, 2015 |  Featured Stories


This is a custom 8×16 Sundance Lean-To out of Boise, Idaho. This customer needed to match the cedar siding, metal roof, 9-lite door upgrade and custom roof line of his garage. He also needed the building to withstand a 150 pound mountain snow load, and provide enough space to work on (and store) his bikes and snow sports equipment. He nailed it with this custom Sundance Lean-to.

  • Bills, Mail, Newspaper– Don’t let mail pile up while you’re on vacation. Put a hold on your newspaper and mail or enlist a neighbor to pick up your mail. Be sure to check due dates on bills and pay them early if the due date falls during your vacation.
  • Lawn Care– Falling leaves can lead to a messy yard, especially when you’re not around to rake. Arrange to have your lawn raked and mowed while you’re away. Turn off your sprinkler system as well, if you haven’t already for the season.
  • Clean out food in fridge– No one likes to come back to a kitchen full of spoiled food. Check your refrigerator and counters for perishable foods and clean them out before you leave.
  • Electronics– Stop idle appliances from racking up your energy bill. Before leaving the house take the time to unplug unused appliances like your coffee maker, toaster, lamps, etc. to stop wasted energy costs.
  • Water– Turn off water mains to avoid burst pipes and costly messes. If you’re concerned about turning off your water have a neighbor or family member check in during your trip to make sure your home is in order.
  • Heating and Cooling– Adjust your thermostat to level that maintains a moderate temperature without needlessly cooling or heating an empty home. Fall weather is typically moderate enough to keep the temperature in your home comfortable.
  • Vehicles– If possible, park vehicles inside your garage during the trip. If your car is parked on the street or in the driveway, be sure to remove all electronics and valuables as well as the garage door opener stored inside.
  • Timers and Blinds– Set a timer for a few lights in your home to switch on and off as well as keeping blinds slightly open, but not enough to invite intruders to take a look. Avoid a closed up dark home, as it can be a signal to burglars that the owner isn’t home.