Heading out on vacation? Be sure to protect your home!
Where is this summer taking you? Whether it’s tropical, action-packed, or relaxing, many people go on vacations over the summer months. With time off work and school, it makes it ideal for families, couples, and individuals alike. While you’re packing to head out on vacation, ensure that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your home.
Ask a friend. Ask a relative, friend, or trusted neighbor to visit your home a couple of times a week. He or she can water the plants and check that the home is safe and sound.
Limit social media messages. It’s possible for anyone to see your social media profile and messages. Posting about an upcoming vacation may get you in the mood for fun, but it makes it easy for thieves to know when your home will be vacant. Instead, post pictures about your trip when you’re back home.
Remove the key. Now is the time to remove the spare front door key that’s hiding underneath the welcome mat. Thieves will take advantage of scoping out places to hide keys, so be sure that you don’t fall victim!
Unplug and shut off. Before you leave, unplug minor appliances (TV, chargers, some lights), and turn off the water valve. This way, the risk of your home suffering from damage decreases.
Make it looked lived-in. You don’t want people to know you’re away while you’re away. Combat this by setting lights on a timer to switch on during the nighttime, and consider lowering or turning off your telephone ringer. While you’re at it, cancel newspaper deliveries.
Pack discretely. Take care when loading up the car with luggage. You don’t want to attract any unnecessary attention to indicate that you’re leaving down. Don’t leave the trunk open while you bring out suitcases. Instead, try to pack up your supplies while your car is in the garage, if possible.
Before you head out on vacation, take a moment to review your homeowners insurance. You’ll want to ensure that your coverage is suitable for your needs while you are away from your home. Fortunately, it takes a simple phone call to secure the right coverage. Talk to the professional team at Patterson & Associates to determine your homeowners insurance policy today.