Use these tips and review your home insurance policy to keep your house safe while on vacation.
Vacations are one of the most enjoyable parts of life. No matter if you are headed to a sunny beach or up to the mountains for a cooler getaway, you probably have much more on your mind than your home security. However, leaving your house empty, no matter if it is for a weekend or a whole week, makes you much more susceptible to theft. Keep these home safety tips in mind to ensure that your house stays safe while you are away.
- Put a hold on your mail – an overflowing mailbox is a sure sign that nobody is home. Ask the post office to put a hold on your mail or ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail every day so that it does not pile up.
- Turn on some lights – install a couple timers on lights in your house so that your home does not stay completely dark while you are away. You may also want to install a timer on a radio so that your house does not stay silent. Also, ensure that all of your exterior sensor lights are working properly.
- Don’t advertise your vacation – even though you are very excited about your vacation, keep your excitement off of social media. Burglars will look on social media sites so that they know exactly how much time they have to break into your house.
- Unplug – all unnecessary appliances, such as your toaster and TV should be unplugged. Unplugging anything that does not need to stay connected will ensure that it is not damaged if there is a power surge while you are on vacation.
Most importantly, take a look at your home insurance policy to ensure that you are protected from any incident that occurs while you are out of town.