CHECKLIST FOR LEAVING HOUSE FOR EXTENDED PERIOD
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1:22 PM Last Revision 03/27/00
CHECKLIST FOR CLOSING A HOUSE FOR AN EXTENDED
1. Pest Control
3. Take copy of
Majestic Isles phone directory.
important phone numbers to take with you.
5. Phone Service
6. Arrange for
house checks with COP.
B. Periphery Items
1. Have PBC Water
shut master water valve located outside the house. Cost $10.
2. Store all
external loose items in the garage (lawn furniture, flower pots, etc.).
3. If your house is
equipped with hurricane shutters, arrange to have the shutters installed if
there is a hurricane warning.
4. Apply a light
spray of silicone grease on the window tracks and latches.
5. Check that palm
fronds do not come in contact with the house. Coordinate with the Ground
Maintenance committee representative.
6. Set exterior
lights either by timers or sensors to go on at night.
7. Drain garden
hoses and store in garage.
Check that all sprinklers are working and that all sprinkler heads are clear
of grass or other impediments. If any sprinklers are not working properly, put
in a work order for repair.
Check that all sprinklers are working and that all sprinkler heads are clear of grass or other impediments. If any sprinklers are not working properly, put in a work order for repair.
8. Circuit Breakers
9. Trim foliage around air conditioner.
C. Interior Items
1. Pull all electric plugs for lamps (except those on timers), TV, VCR,
clocks, washer, dryer, computer etc.
2. Set humidistat to
"Away" or 60/65 position depending on which type you have.
3. Set thermostat to
80 or even higher.
4. Set A/C control
5. Change or clean
6. Clean and spray
garbage can and blue and yellow collection bins with Lysol.
7. Install wood
dowel stopper to restrain sliding doors.
8. Remove batteries
from TV and VCR remote controls and from clocks. Leave batteries next to the
items from which they were removed. Upon return, check for leaks before
2. Shut off circuit breakers for other kitchen appliances.
3. Clean stove and microwave.
4. Leave cabinet doors and drawers slightly open.
5. Upon return, flush water lines for about 10 minutes.
6. Close sink drains or tape shut with duct tape to insure that if the U-trap below the sink loses all water, sewer gas will not enter home.
Put bleach in toilet bowels. Cover with plastic wrap.
2. Close and tape all sink and shower drains and all sink overflow holes.
Living Room, Bedroom, Den
all furniture doors and drawers slightly.
Label al1 circuit breakers accurately.
2. Spray garage spring with WD‑40 when you leave and return.
3. Latch and pin the garage doors with the
instructions posted on the garage d~or back. Pay particular attention to
engaging the door posts with the floor plates located under the door. Upon
return, make sure that all pins are removed and stored in the holes provided.
Leaving just one pin in can seriously damage the door when operating.
4. If you use the manual lock handle, it can be engaged at this time.
5. In some houses, the garage door opener is on the same circuit breaker as
the alarm. If that is the case, you may want to disable the opener, which can
be tripped by stray electrical signals. To deactivate the opener, pull the
plug from the ceiling.
H. Pest Control.
1. Soda stored in cans and other canned items
1. Spray garage door spring with WD-40.
Set alarm and leave through front door, locking it behind you.
3. Upon return, before turning on the
breaker for the hot water heater, flush hot water faucet for about ten
4. Review above list to reverse items as required.
This list was compiled by Walter Bieber, March, 2000. Revision A
Dec. 2000. Revision B. 12/16/00
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Majestic Isles, Boynton Beach, FL