You’re tired from traveling all day, you walk in the door and something doesn’t seem quite right. Your basement is flooded, the power is out, your pipes are frozen, your home has been ransacked and vandalized; all very real possibilities to arrive home to. Coming home to drama is any traveler’s worst nightmare.
Be proactive and take steps to ensure your home is secure while you’re away with these quick and easy steps.
1. Know your Insurance Policy
Do your due diligence and find out what steps your insurance company says you need to take. If anything DOES happy, you want it to be covered by your insurance. If, say, your policy dictates that a person needs to check on your home at least every four days for your home insurance to cover any damages, then you definitely want to find someone to check on the house. If that’s the case, ask them to somehow “prove” they were at your home. Even if it feels silly asking a friend to take a selfie of themselves holding today’s newspaper in your living room, better safe than sorry!
2. Deter Burglars
- Avoid people from knowing you are going on vacation by not mentioning it on any Social Media sites.
- You can trick any would-be thieves into thinking you’re home by installing a timer to turn your lights on and off.
- Utilize a motion sensor light for outdoor lights
- Prevent easy access by installing a safety bar on patio doors.
- Turn off your garage door opener
3. Prevent Home Disaster
- Prevent electrical fires by unplugging electronics
- Drain your water pipes and turn off the water.
- Remove the electrical supply to the hot water tank.
4. Call a Friend
- Ask a trusted friend or family member to make your home look lived in by shoveling your driveway, removing newspapers, and even make it look as though your car is being driven.
- Have this trusted person check that your power is on, the heating system is functional and there aren’t any other problems.