Prepare Your Home For Vacation

by Maribeth Lynch

Thrive Real Estate Specialists is proud to announce that Owner/Broker Maribeth Lynch, has been nominated for the 2024 Realtor of the Year Award by the Realtors Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM). This esteemed recognition highlights Maribeth’s dedicated service to the Association, her community, and the real estate industry at large.

The Realtor of the Year Award celebrates a REALTOR® for dedicated service to the Association, the community, and the real estate industry and who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and community involvement.

Maribeth Lynch’s nomination is a testament to her unwavering commitment to these values and her significant contributions to the real estate sector. The successful candidate will represent the REALTOR® Association of Central MA at the MAR REALTOR® of the Year and Professional Awards Banquet.

“Being nominated for the Realtor of the Year Award by RACM is an incredible honor,” said Maribeth Lynch. “I am deeply committed to serving my clients and community with the highest level of professionalism and care. This nomination reflects the collective efforts of the entire Thrive Real Estate Specialists team, and I am grateful for their continuous support.”

Maribeth Lynch has been a prominent figure in the Shrewsbury real estate market, known for her exceptional client service, in-depth market knowledge, and passionate advocacy for community development. Her leadership at Thrive Real Estate Specialists has set a benchmark for excellence, fostering a client-centric approach that prioritizes personalized service and ethical practices. She also serves as an Alternate Director on the RACM Board.

The winner of the 2024 Realtor of the Year Award will be announced on June 20, 2024. For more information about the Realtors Association of Central Massachusetts and their awards, please visit RACM’s official website. To learn more about Maribeth Lynch and her work at Thrive Real Estate Specialists, visit Maribeth’s profile.

About Thrive Real Estate

Thrive Real Estate Specialists is an independent real estate firm specializing in local expertise of the communities they serve as well as quality, personalized service rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach to real estate. They represent both buyers and sellers of homes for sale in Shrewsbury and Central/MetroWest areas of Massachusetts. For more information, please visit or contact broker-owner Maribeth Lynch.

Prepping Your Home for Your Summer Vacation

Thrive Real Estate Specialist Owner/Broker

Maribeth Lynch

Having recently returned home from a fantastic family vacation, I’ve found myself thinking about the fresh start I experience when I leave my house behind for a week or more. This summer, I was really organized in the days leading up to my departure. Amidst the packing and the planning, I also put my house in order in anticipation of redecorating my living room. I ordered new sofas that were delivered a few days after we returned from vacation – and it almost seemed that I was extending the vacation itself!

Leaving home provides me with a sense of rejuvenation. I always seem to be in a better frame of mind to make home improvements after I’ve been away for a while. I can see my house more clearly when I take a step away, and as a result, some of my most productive projects tend to occur immediately after I arrive home from vacation, feeling refreshed and with a new sense of purpose. I urge you to consider looking at your house with fresh eyes when you return from your summer vacation, and maybe you’ll be inspired to make some improvements. At the very least, you should find yourself able to look at your home with a new perspective upon your return.

Of course, there are also plenty of practicalities associated with leaving on vacation – particularly if you are going on a long trip or you will be far away. Here are a few considerations to tend to before you leave:


  1. Hold mail with the post office or ask a friend or neighbor to periodically bring in mail and packages that arrive while you’re away.
  2. Make arrangements for pets. Ask a neighbor to look after the cat or book the kennel for your dog.
  3. If you’re unsure that you have airtight privacy settings on your social media accounts, refrain from advertising your absence via posts until you have returned home.
  4. Stock nonperishable provisions for your return so that an extensive trip to the grocery store is not immediately necessary; make a list of essential perishables to pick up during a quick trip to the store when you return.
  5. Notify your security company if you have a security service. You can also contact your local police department and notify them of your absence; in many communities, police are willing to patrol neighborhoods while residents are out of town.
  6. Leave emergency contact information with friend or relative and give a neighbor the key or alarm code in case of emergency.
  7. Lock the windows and doors!
  8. If you are wired to do so, monitor your home from a smart phone app.
  9. Although not strictly associated with your property, I would also urge you to contact your bank and credit card companies if you are traveling abroad so they won’t issue fraud alerts on your accounts when your bank cards are used in other countries.


  1. Tend to the yard. Enlist a teenager from your neighborhood or hire a landscaping service to mow the lawn.
  2. Check pool pump settings and hire a pool service or ask someone you know to add water and chemicals as needed during your absence.
  3. Remove spare keys from obvious hiding places.
  4. Install motion-sensitive lights on the exterior of your home.


  1. Water houseplants and ask a friend to stop by to care for them periodically.
  2. Put lights and small appliances like radios or television sets on timers so your home will seem “lived in.”
  3. Turn up the thermostat to save on energy costs.
  4. Unplug small appliances.
  5. Turn off valves to sinks, toilets, the dishwasher, and the washing machine.
  6. Set your water heater temperature to “vacation” mode, which will cause it to run less frequently.
  7. Test your smoke detectors to make sure they are functioning.
  8. Clean out the refrigerator and finish off or toss anything that could spoil.
  9. Make sure kitchen and pantry are free of crumbs that could attract pests.
  10. Remove all trash from the house.

As a bonus, I like to clean my house before I leave so that I come home to a sparkling kitchen and spotless bathrooms, an empty dishwasher, laundered towels and clothing, and clean sheets on the beds. It makes me happier to return to a clean house so that I don’t have to dive back into chores immediately following my vacation. And once you return home, relaxed and refreshed, consider looking at your house with fresh eyes. It may just provide you with the spark of inspiration you need to make some improvements to your living space.

Bon voyage!

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