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Tips for Protecting Your Home While Traveling

The next time you head out for a local getaway, take the family to the tropics, or hop on a flight across the world, make sure you take steps to protect your home while you’re away. After all, a vacation should be about enjoying yourself, not worrying about the risks that could present themselves while you’re away.

Consider this checklist of items before you leave, so you can relax while you’re away and feel good about coming home:

  1. Outside - Make it look like you’re home. Use timers on interior and exterior lights. Ask someone to mow and water your lawn, and if you have a pool, keep the water clear and circulating.

  2. Vehicles - Keep your car wherever you would normally. That way, it looks like you’re still home.

  3. Water - Install an automatic water leak detection and water shut off system or simply turn off the main water valve. It can save you huge headaches and costs if a pipe or faucet leaks while you’re away.

  4. People you trust - Ask a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member to keep an eye on things. Having someone stop by can go a long way to eliminating risks.

  5. Windows and doors - Make sure exterior doors are secured with a heavy deadbolt.

  6. Social Media - Don't post your vacation plans on social media. Criminals often scan social media to see if people are away.

  7. Valuables - Make sure your valuables are safe, secure, and hidden. Keep fine art, expensive electronics or other valuables away from windows. Store jewelry in a safety deposit box or safe.

  8. Safety and Security - Set your home alarm and contact your alarm company to let them know you’ll be out of town.

  9. Appliances and Electronics - Turn off washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers. Unplug computers, TVs, and other electronics. Don't risk having a water problem or damage from a power surge that won t be taken care of for days or weeks.

Contact our office at (973) 403-9500 for more ideas on how to protect your home while you’re away on vacation.


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