Taking a vacation should be a relaxing time. The last thing you want to worry about as you relax on the beach or in the hotel Jacuzzi is if your home and belongings are safe. To ensure your next get-away is worry-free, follow these simple guidelines of how to keep your home safe while on vacation.
If you have family or friends who are willing, it’s always a good idea to have someone stop by to check on the house while you’re away. Even better, ask if they can stay in your home until you return. If you know you will be gone for a week or more, it may be a good idea to have the post office hold your mail. Nothing says, “We’re not home!” like a pile of unread mail.
Also make sure to have the garbage picked up before you leave, and lock all doors and windows. This may seem obvious, but window entries are a common breach during break-ins.
Although many people like to broadcast their vacation on social media sites, you may want to wait until you return home before alerting the world to your travel plans.
Another worry that many folks have while they are away from home is wondering if any appliances were running, which could turn into a fire hazard. Unplug any nonessential devices and appliances before you hit the road.
A burglar alarm or other safety devices are a great way to forestall any would-be thieves or vandals. If you do have such an alarm, be sure a sign is prominently displayed on the property, alerting any unwanted trespassers they should move along.
Even if you take all these steps, sometimes the unthinkable happens. That’s why it is so important to have a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy that can help you recover quickly when disaster strikes. Knowledgeable agents at Financial Assurance are always available to help you review your existing policies, suggest coverage options, and help find you quotes from a variety of insurance providers. These experienced agents can even help you file a claim, should the need arise.
You want the peace of mind, knowing your property is protected with adequate insurance, the next time you’re on vacation. Contact us today to find out how you can find the perfect homeowners insurance policy that meets your needs and budget.