Protecting Your Home While on Vacation

In September 28, 2015

Are you taking a much needed vacation soon? If so, there is one more item you must add to your packing checklist and that is how you will be protecting your home while on vacation. No one wants to have their peaceful vacation interrupted by a stressful home emergency when they are hours away. You can’t easily get back to handle the issue and it is an issue that most of the time can be avoided by following a few easy precautionary tips.

Learn how to protect your home while on vacation by following these steps:

  1. Be careful what you post on social media. While we all want to share our vacation photo’s or rave about our upcoming trip, it is important to remember that the information you share on social media is never truly private. Consider posting photos after your trip to avoid alerting stranger to your empty home.
  2. Have a friend or family member watch your home while you are away. One of the best ways to avoid coming home to an emergency is by having someone check your home during your trip. They should do things like get the mail to prevent others from seeing a full and obviously unattended mailbox or check the home after any major storms.
  3. Lock all windows and doors on your way out. It may seem like common sense, but you might be surprised at how often we forget to lock a window or door before leaving our homes. Be sure garage door is locked and second floor windows are also locked.
  4. Unplug electronics you won’t need for home protection purposes. Unplugging unused electronics can help prevent electrical fires and can help save money on your electric bill while you are on vacation.
  5. Regulate your home’s temperature. During the summer, you can turn off air conditioning to help lower costs. However, during the winter you will want to make sure your home stays warm enough to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Normally, keeping the home at 68 degrees will prevent pipes from freezing during the cold winter months.
  6. Hide your valuable items, including both monetary and sentimental items. You can either put items like jewelry, family photos, and electronics in a home safe or a safety deposit box.
  7. Install a security system prior to your trip, if funds allow. Simply having a home security system sign out front of your home can help ward off intruders, let alone a loud alarm. Security systems will also alert local police and or fire departments in case of an emergency like a fire, break-in, or dangerous carbon monoxide levels.

Protecting your home while you are away on vacation should be part of the vacation planning process. Following the steps above can help you avoid home break-ins and other unfortunate home related emergencies. Now that you’ve taken care of your home, go enjoy your next vacation!

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