We live in the sunny Okanagan which is perfect for summer road trips and camping in all of our beautiful Provincial Parks! The weather is getting warmer, sun is setting later, and vacation is calling your name! As summer is right around the corner and May long weekend is coming up, we want to touch a bit on how to keep your home safe when you are away throughout weekends during the summer.
Coming home from a vacation and finding your house has been broken into or damaged is the primary way to ruin the mood you’re in right after your much needed vacation. Let’s touch on some tips to avoid the stress, fear and frustration nobody needs right after a getaway!
Take an Inventory
Keeping an up to date inventory of all the items in your house is very important. Baron Insurance suggests having an inventory of household items even if you aren’t going on vacation. However, if you’re leaving for an extended period of time, we want you to take a home inventory. Include your televisions, computers, jewelry, and furniture and remember to take pictures of the items to document their current state. Saving these pictures with your home inventory will make the claims process a whole lot easier when you get home.
Hire a House Sitter
Asking a neighbour, friend, or family member whom you trust to check up on your house every few days can be a great idea! Someone can check up on your home to make sure no pipes have burst or a burglar hasn’t broken in can ease your mind during your vacation. On the upside, you can get them to check your mail and water your plants!
The last thing you want to do before you leave, for three days or three months is to double check that everything is locked, closed, and turned off. Closing and locking windows is as important as closing and locking doors. An unlocked window can be an invitation to a burglar into your home. Don’t forget to check that all faucets, stove elements, and electronic devices are shut off to prevent a house fire or water damage. And remember to unplug any wires, or electronic devices that don’t need to be in use. Double checking these things can protect your home from a fire, a water leak, or a burglar. Some may also help you save money on some bills!
We want your vacation to put you in a good mood and reduce your stress. Make sure to protect your home while you’re on vacation! If you have any other tips to protecting your home, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!