Securing Your Home While on Vacation

Summer time is here, and in full swing! Time to get the family together, and take a good ol’ fashioned family vacation. It’s time to make some memories that will last a lifetime. Planning a vacation can be very time consuming, and often it can feel you are missing, or forgetting something on your packing list. One thing you do not want to forget is making sure you are taking the proper precautions to secure your home while you are away. Here are five tips on how to keep your home safe, and leave your mind at ease while you are on vacation.

  • Talk to your most trusted neighbors
    • Let the neighbors know when you will be away, and ask them to keep a close eye on your home. Have them report to you if anything looks out of the ordinary. Make sure you only tell the neighbors who have shown you in the past that they are trustworthy.
  • Limit social media use
    • Be sure not to post every single move that you are making during your vacation. That is an easy way to give inside information to your social media followers, and their friends. Unplug, and relax!
  • Invest in light switch timers
    • Light switch timers are so advanced now that they can be controlled from your smart phone! You can program when you would like the lights to turn on, so it looks like someone is at home. You purchase these timers at retailers such as Amazon, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and Lowes.
  • Make sure you have adequate homeowners’ insurance
    • Check over your current homeowners’ insurance to make sure you have the proper coverage before you leave for vacation. Set up a meeting with your agent beforehand in order to make any adjustments, or changes to your policy.
  • Avoid letting your home be attractive for thieves
    • Make sure all your doors, windows, and any entranceways are locked and secured at all times. Again, using light timers can also give thieves the idea that someone is home, and make it less likely for them to see your home as open invitation.

Hope these tips are helpful, and contribute to making sure you have a great family vacation! If you have any questions about changing, adjusting or starting a new homeowners’ insurance policy, do not hesitate to reach out to Dave! He can be reached via cell phone at (443) 794-3967, and via email