(WXYZ( - The summer travel season is in full-swing, but before you take off, there are a few things you must do to prep your home.
"We just make sure the air conditioner is off, the fan's off." Linda Miller, home owners says when she is leaving for vacation."We shut down lights and air conditioning and all that good stuff so we aren't wasting energy when we're not home."
Some of these moves are mistakes that could cost you money. Local insurance agent, Matt Corsaro says
"We recommend to not turn off the air conditioning, especially hot, humid conditions. You can have mold and other problems in just a few short days,” says Corsaro.
So leave your air conditioner on, just set it at a higher temperature. Also, leave the air on, but shut off the water. Doing so will be beneficial to your toilets, refrigerator, dishwater and washing machine.
"Washing machines are a huge issue. The hoses, if one bursts, in just a matter of an hour, you can have a house full of water and we've had that happen many times unfortunately and the claims are very large," Corsaro explains. He is president and owner of Corsaro Insurance Group.
Even though you may be in a rush to get your vacation going, there are a few other things you should take time to do.
It’s best to put a few lights on times. You can also puts a radio on a time, a little noise will make people think someone is home. And don’t forget to unplug electrical appliance like TVs, Microwaves and computers, to protect them from any storm. If you’re gone more than a week, have the post office stop you mail delivery. Otherwise have family or friends pick it up.
Experts suggest you tell a neighbor you trust when you’re going out of town or even the local police.
A big mistake is letting the whole world know you’re on vacation by posting it on Facebook and twitter. That makes it easier for buglers and thieves to know exactly when you are out of town.
These are just a few simple tips to help you enjoy your vacation even more, knowing your home will be safe and sound when you return.
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