Summer is winding down, and while coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly thrown a wrench into most of our summer plans, there’s still time to get out of dodge.
From week-long beach vacations to a weekend by the lake, there are plenty of vacation spots still waiting for us to explore — while responsibly social-distancing, of course.
But just because we might be making safer decisions health-wise doesn’t mean we can let our guards down completely.
Traveling poses many risks that have nothing to do with the journey and destination.
Leaving your home unattended for an extended period of time can leave you with more problems than you ever thought possible. From water leaks and fire damage to burglary and theft — there are steps every homeowner should take before setting off on a much-needed getaway.
Luckily, at Daigle & Travers, we understand how important it is to have peace of mind inside the home and out. And we’ve put together a helpful list of things you can do to protect your home while traveling.
Try not to post about it
Believe it or not, more and more criminals are turning to social media to find targets. Knowing that, it’s important for you to be cautious when posting on social media. You don’t want to indicate a huge routine change.
Similarly, you don’t want to be spreading the news offline that you’re heading out on a major getaway. Words travel, and saying the wrong thing to the wrong person can end your trip on a very sour note.
Make it look like someone is home
It’s also important to make sure you’re taking a few steps in and out of the house to make it look like someone is still home.
This includes putting indoor and outdoor lights on timers, setting up regular lawn care, and arranging mail pickup. By taking these precautions, you’ll likely scare off any would-be intruders.
Keep the temps consistent
This is an important precaution that has nothing to do with burglary. Depending on the climate of your home and the time of year you’re traveling, the temperature can have a major impact on the functioning of key appliances and systems.
For one, if you leave during the winter and keep the heat off, your pipes could burst. And that’s not a pleasant cleanup.
Additionally, constant fluctuations in temperatures can impact surfaces and structures within your home. If possible, try to set the temperature and keep it there.
Ditch the spare keys
We all have a spare key hidden under a mat or inside a fake rock. These are necessary — because we’ve all forgotten our keys once or twice. But when you’re away, you don’t want to risk the wrong person stumbling upon your not-so-secret hiding place and gaining easy access to your home.
Triple check all doors & windows are locked
This one might be obvious, but you’d be surprised how many doors and windows in your home are actually unlocked more often than they’re locked.
That dining room window, for instance — when was the last time you opened it? And did you lock it afterward? What about the garage — are all doors and windows locked?
Do a quick sweep before you leave for complete peace of mind.
If possible, arrange for someone to check-in
One of the safest options is always to have someone on-hand to check on your things. Not only will potential criminals see the constant foot traffic, but having someone swing by can provide you with the daily updates you need to feel confident.
If you follow these tips, you’re sure to be safe. But nothing is ever a guarantee, and that’s why we always recommend for people to have Homeowners Insurance.
With Homeowners Insurance, most damage, theft and lost property are financially covered. No one wants to think about these things, but it’s an unfortunate necessity.
Don’t have homeowners insurance? You’re in luck! Explore our homeowners insurance coverage to find the plan that’s right for you.