With school out and the summer sun shining down, thoughts turn to summer vacation trips.  Team Nest Builder offers these 5 home-related tips to follow to avoid everything from minor inconveniences to major headaches upon your return:

Pause Your Post & Paper

Piled up mail and newspapers act like a “rob me” sign!  Avoid tipping off strangers to your absence by pausing your postal service and newspaper.  Complete the form at holdmail.usps.com/holdmail and the USPS will hold your mail for pick-up or delivery upon your return.  Then call your newspaper’s circulation department to do the same.

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Time to Unplug

Here’s an easy way to save on your home electric bill while you’re away:  unplug appliances that draw power to run a clock or even a standby light.

Thwart Thieves

Though no substitute for a home security system, research shows that a sign suggesting you have one can be a deterrent, says ADT’s Bob Tucker.

Set Social Media

Check your family’s social media settings to ensure you’re only sharing vacation photos with family and actual friends, not the general public, or you’ll send the message, “Look at us! We’re away from home!”

Run Your Garbage Disposal

Don’t want to return to an evil stench in your kitchen?  Toss lemon rinds in your garbage disposal, then run with cold tap water going before you head out.

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Source: ThisOldHouse.com July/August 2018