Keeping your home safe while you’re away
Who doesn’t love a fun little holiday? Planning a trip with the family can be exhausting… from planning on what to bring, the route, where to stay, there’s a lot to do. Often, when preparing to leave for a vacation, it’s easy to overlook basic home safety precautions. To protect your residence while you’re away and enjoy a worry-free trip, keep in mind the following tips.
There are a number of hazards that could affect your home while you’re away, including lightning, theft and flooding. In order to keep your property safe while you’re on vacation, consider the following:
- Unplug small appliances and electronic devices.
- Stop the newspaper and mail. For instructions on how to do this, visit the Canada Post’s website.
- Lock all windows and doors. For extra security, put a metal bar or piece of wood on the track of sliding doors or windows.
- Arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shovelled while you’re away (in the winter).
- Have a neighbour keep an eye on your home throughout your trip.
- Avoid leaving your house key outside your home, even if you think it’s in a safe place.
- Set timers on inside lights. Install a motion-activated sensor on outdoor floodlights.
- Consider turning off your home’s water.
- Avoid posting photos of your trip on social media until after you return home.
- Raise the temperature on your thermostat or turn the system off completely. This ensures that you aren’t paying to cool your home while you are away.
Taking the proper precautions before you go on vacation can make all the difference when it comes to preventing damage to your home. However, accidents can still occur, and it’s important to ensure you have adequate insurance coverage. If you’re not sure about your coverage, be sure to contact your Schill Broker today.