Holiday Travel Series: Your Home

This Holiday season you may be one of over 90 million Americans who travel domestically and abroad while on vacation. Regardless of how you choose to participate in the many cultural celebrations observed during this time, we hope you end this year better than you did last year. To ensure that unexpected surprises don’t ruin the beginning of the next one, we’ve compiled a list of tips and safety recommendations for you and your belongings.

In this, the first of a two post blog series, we will briefly cover some simple techniques that can help you keep your home just the way you left it.

Double check locks and security systems before leaving:

While this may seem like common sense, about 10% of average Americans forget to lock their doors. How often do you forget?

Buy motion sensor lights:

With the proper lightbulbs, these lights are very energy efficient and can give the illusion of constant vigilance. 

Remove gift boxes

This is hands down one of the best methods of deterring theft and break-ins during the holidays. Many potential home invaders stake out homes and neighborhoods waiting for unsuspecting residents to leave boxes and gift packaging on the curb. This gives them a general idea of which homes are ripe for the picking. Don’t let this be you, dispose of these materials at your local supermarket or landfill.

Notify neighbors and family members that you are leaving for an extended period of time.

Ask friends and family to keep an eye on your place while you’re gone. Also make sure to ask if they would mind removing any packages from your doorstep as these can also be inadvertent indicators of vacancy.

Light Timers

Light timers, like the motion sensors, can provide the illusion that someone is home. You simply set the automated timer and the light fixture will turn on and off at designated times. This is a fantastic alternative to leaving household lights on for the duration of your trip, which can amp up your electric bill.

Worst case scenario? BE prepared.

Make sure that your homeowner’s policy includes protection from theft, vandalism and any manner of inconvenience you may be subjected to.  Not sure if you’re covered? Speak with one of our representatives today! 

Don’t fall victim to a Grinch this holiday season, take the proper steps to protect your family and your belongings.