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5 Easy Steps to Secure Your Home While on Vacation

Ready for Vacation? Make Sure Your Home Is Ready Too

If you're venturing out on a vacation with the family this summer, make sure your house is properly prepped. There are several things you can do to protect your home and everything in it, including your utilities.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Air conditioning bills can quickly spiral out of control, especially if you're away on vacation. Before you leave, turn the thermostat up to 85 degrees. You're not going to be home anyway, so there is no need to keep your home cool. This temperature is safe for your plants, pets, and other items, and adjusting it can save you up to 2% on your energy bill!

Turn off Plumbing

Plumbing leaks can happen any time, regardless of the temperature outside. Shut off your plumbing to prevent leaks. If you're going to be gone for a month or more, ask a neighbor to run the water once a month to prevent accumulation of sewage gas.

Set Your Water Heater to Vacation Mode

Almost all new water heaters have this setting. It allows your water heater to run less often, so it doesn't utilize as much energy.

Mow Your Lawn

To burglars, an unkempt lawn is a dead giveaway that you're on vacation. Before you go, mow your lawn and do some yard maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. Ask a neighbor to pitch in or hire a lawn service if you will be gone for more than a month.

Leave on a Light or Two

Even though it does cost energy, and therefore money, leaving a light on is a basic security measure. Additionally, let your neighbors know you're going away and leave emergency contact numbers with them.


Harry Hink is the owner of HB Services, LLC. He has years of experience in the home improvement field and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm to his customers. HB Services is known locally for their continued support of local communities, schools and businesses.

Harry is active in many organizations to include the Medical Care of Children Partnership(MCCP) which is a community partnership dedicated to providing medical and dental services to children of the working poor of Fairfax County who otherwise are ineligible to receive healthcare offered through Medicaid or other private and public sources. Harry is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, a certified United States swimming coach and, most important, a husband and father.

Owner Harry Hink’s philosophy is timeless and simple – do for our customers what we would do for ourselves. Our staff will listen to your ideas, offer insight suggestions and come up with a design that fits your lifestyle and adds value to your home.


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