Planning a getaway this summer? We don’t blame you — it’s about time! Just don’t forget to make sure your home is prepared for your absence. There are a few things that homeowners often overlook as they get ready for a vacation; which is why we’ve put together the following list of tips and insights to help you enjoy your sunny retreat without hesitation.
1. Alert your alarm company
If you have an alarm system at home, make sure to arm it before you hit the road. Also be sure to let your alarm company know that you’ll be away. By knowing the dates that you will be away, they will know to alert authorities immediately if your alarm is set off.
2. Talk to your neighbors
Consider letting a trusted neighbor know that you’ll be away as well. If your neighbors are aware that you are away, they will know not to expect any cars in your driveway or people about your property. Keeping your neighbors in the loop will help them better recognize any potentially suspicious behavior occurring around your property, allowing them to alert the proper authorities if necessary.
3. Turn off all appliances
Be sure to turn off and unplug appliances! This can help minimize the risk of a fire starting while you’re away, while also saving you money on your electricity bill. Go through your home room by room before leaving and make sure any appliances that don’t need to be on are either off or unplugged. Think about items like televisions, kitchen appliances other than your fridge, window air conditioners, or cell phone or computer chargers.
Adjusting your thermostat/air conditioning depending on the season will also help you save on your energy bill.
4. Don’t forget to lock up!
It may sound obvious, but don’t forget to lock up! The simplest step you can take to safeguard your house before leaving is ensuring everything is locked up. Check all doors and windows to make sure everything is closed and locked — if you have a window air conditioning unit installed, consider taking this out and locking all windows before you leave as well. Avoid leaving a key out on your property. Instead, consider leaving a key with a trusted neighbor or relative, in case something comes up and your home needs to be tended to while you’re away.
5. Avoid Having Your Home Look Vacant
Consider installing timers on a few lights or lamps to make it appear as though someone is home while you are away. This way, you can set the lights to turn on in the evening instead of having your home remain dark for days. Installing motion sensor activated lights in outdoor areas, like outside of your front and back door, is also a great idea.
A full mailbox can also be an indicator that you are away. Be sure to stop or redirect your mail if you’re going to be away for a long time. You can contact your local post office about holding your mail while you’re away or about having it redirected to a relative/friend.
Lastly, you should consider how long you’ll be away. For example, scheduling a lawn service to cut your grass or landscape your property while you’re gone. This will make it look like you’re home and you’ll return to a neatly manicured lawn!
Consider your insurance needs before you go. Will your auto policy cover you where you’re headed? Do you need additional coverage for a rental vehicle? Is your renters or homeowners insurance enough to cover the contents of your luggage or valuables you are traveling with in the event that they are lost or damaged? Keep all these considerations in mind while you’re away.
We hope these tips help give you peace of mind while you enjoy your trip. To learn more about how you can protect your home and your valuables, visit our website. www.quincymutual.com.