Are you going on a last minute summer vacation this month? If so, there some simple tips you can remember to keep your home safe while you are on vacation. By employing these tips, you can be assured that all of your belongings will be safe and you can relax and enjoy your trip.
- One option to keep your home safe is to hire a house or pet sitter for the duration of your stay. Whether this is a professional service or just your neighbor or a family member stopping in to feed the pets, water the plants and pick up any mail or newspapers, this option keeps your home looking like it is lived in while you are gone. Professional house sitting services can get pricy, though. At the least, check with a neighbor to see if they can keep an eye out for the property while you are away.
- You can also stop your mail via the postal service. The US Postal Service allows you to put a hold on your mail for anywhere from 3 to 30 days, via calling the local post office or filling out an online request form. Same goes for newspaper delivery – mail piling up in the mailbox and yellowed newspapers in the doorway are clear indications to a would-be thief that you are not home.
- You also want the home to look lived in while you are gone. Some people will invest in a timer, that turns the lights on for a few hours every evening, to give the illusion the house is currently occupied.
- The final suggestions seem like an obvious ones – first, make sure to lock up. This means not just the doors – make sure all windows in your home are also locked up and secured. Also make sure that all electronics are off – many people also unplug electronics like televisions, coffee pots and desktop computers to help save money on electricity and ensure that they were not accidentally left on.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure that your home is safe while you are gone. Even with these tips, though, sometimes accidents can happen – whether someone breaks into the home and steals your items, or a natural disaster occurs and there is damage to your home. Contact Lock Insurance at 877-709-8101 today to learn more about our home insurance options.