Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Charlottesville and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Beck Cohen team has some helpful advice that will work to keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost way to make your home seem as though you are home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to coincide with your usual schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a reliable friend or family member, ask them if they’d mind stopping by and [[checking in on|check up on|look over]18 the house while you’re away. There’s no greater peace of mind than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as excited about the amazing things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it easier than ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re on vacation there’s no sense keeping your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some painless tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Beck Cohen in Charlottesville a call at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.