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6 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

While making arrangements for your vacation, it's essential to equally make plans to keep your home safe while you're away. It doesn't matter whether you're going on a one-week visit to a neighboring town or a month-long business trip - you must follow certain security procedures to ensure that everything is as you left it when you eventually return. After all, you don't want to return to a burnt home, damaged building, or a break-in. Here are six ways to keep your home safe while you're away:

Have paper and mail delivery on hold

If you subscribe to a physical mail service, you should contact your service providers to pause delivery for the duration of your time away from home. If not, the mail will eventually pile up, litter the yard, or be damaged and stolen.

Install smart-home security appliances

The last thing you want is to have your home burgled in your absence. This is where smart home security installations come in. With appliances like doorbell cameras, remote garage door controls, and smart locks, you can secure your home remotely from anywhere in the world.

Use a Wi-Fi smoke detector

While you're away, there's always the risk of a fire accident, no matter how careful you are. The danger here is that if there's ever a fire accident, you'll be unable to respond immediately. That’s why you need to plan for such eventualities, no matter how unlikely they seem.

A smoke detector will notify you remotely or the nearest fire department in case there's a fire accident while you're away.

Leave the outdoor lights on

The darker your house appears from the outside, the more appealing it is to would-be burglars. Leaving the outdoor lights on will detract potential thieves by giving the illusion that the house is not empty.

Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to check on the house occasionally

You could have a friend or family member check on the property daily or weekly, depending on the length of your stay. They could either drop by to check on the state of things or come around to help water or trim your lawn. Either way, they'll act as valuable extra eyes while you're away.

Check every door and window

Before you set out, ensure that every potential entrance to the house, including doors and windows, is sealed. Also, remove any spare keys lying around, as burglars often get in this way.

Get the highest level of protection today

During your well-deserved getaway, you should be able to enjoy your activities fully without worrying about your property's security. With the strategies above, you’ll be able to safeguard your home.

A homeowners insurance policy is the highest form of protection you can give your property, as it offers you peace of mind and financial safety net in the event of unexpected incidents. Reach out to us today to learn more.



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