Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re On Holiday
Tuesday Mar 01st, 2022
This is something that most of us haven’t had to think about for a while. Now that Canadians have finally been cleared to travel we thought some tips & tricks from the experts to help keep your home safe while you’re on holiday would come in handy.
➡️Have your mail & newspapers put on hold.
➡️Make sure the batteries in your smoke detectors are working.
➡️Give your home insurance a quick once over. You’ll probably be surprised what it covers while you’re away. Check out our “Let’s Talk Home Insurance” blog
➡️Arrange for someone you trust to keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
➡️Depending on the time of year & how long you’re going to be gone, organize someone to take care of snow removal or to mow your lawn. An unkempt lawn can be a tell-tale sign of an empty house.
➡️Ask a trusted someone to put the garbage out and bring it back in.
➡️ Think about keeping the car in the driveway. It can make the appearance that someone is in & out of the house.
As you’re heading out the door
✔️Make sure that all the windows & doors are locked.
PRO TIP: Assign one family member, to go through the house and make sure that every window & door is locked and sealed. Don’t forget the garage and back shed.
✔️Set timers on your lights.
There are gadgets now that you can buy that work on your outside lights too. You can also set timers on electronics.
✔️Don’t close all the blinds.
Leave a few halfway up so that the house doesn’t look completely closed up.
✔️If you have a home security system, make sure you turn it on & give the code to whoever is checking in on your home, just in case they set it off.
❎Don’t stash a key. Leave your keys with a neighbour, trusted friend or family member.
While you’re away
❎Don’t post on social media in real time. Save your photos for when you get home.
Now that you know your home is safe and ready for your return, ENJOY!