Enjoy Your Vacation, and Prevent Burglaries While Away

July 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM | Posted in Event Planning, Home, Personal Property, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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To help ensure the safety of your home while away on vacation, experts recommend the following:

  1. Give the impression that someone is always home.
    • Ask that mail and newspapers be held and/or forwarded temporarily.
    • Set timers for lamps in various parts of the house.
    • Leave shades, curtains, and blinds in their usual position.

 

  1. Have a trusted person watch the home.
    • Notify a trusted neighbor, friend or family member about an upcoming vacation, and ask that person to stop in from time to time.

 

  1. Make the home burglar resistant.
    • Remove spare keys hidden outside.
    • Lock windows and doors.
    • Secure sliding doors with wooden blocks in the tracks.

 

  1. Be careful what you share on social media about your upcoming vacation, or while away on vacation.

 

Now enjoy your time off knowing your home is secure!

 

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Preparing Your Home For Your Winter Get-A-Way

February 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM | Posted in Event Planning, Home, Personal Property, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After all these snowstorms, how many of you are ready to take that winter vacation? Whether it’s to the mountains or to the seashores, taking the time to prepare your home for your absence can prevent a potential disaster from happening while you are away.

Here is a checklist to help you prepare your home:

  • Arrange for someone to plow or shovel so that your home appears occupied
  • Turn the thermostat down to 60 and leave interior doors open to circulate air
  • Put your lights on automatic timers and consider an outdoor motion detector
  • Make sure that all windows and doors are locked
  • Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail and newspapers every day, or suspend delivery
  • Purge the refrigerator of perishables and take out your trash and secure it
  • Run a computer backup and then turn it off
  • Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your place and leave a key with them
  • Conduct a home inventory and make sure your homeowner insurance policy is up-to-date

These simple preparations will give you peace of mind while you are enjoying your winter get-a-way. For a review of your Homeowners insurance, please feel free to contact us at 888-850-9400.

Keep Your Vacation Worry Free:

July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Home, Reminders | Leave a comment
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These final summer months whisk many people away from their homes on vacations or on day trips to enjoy the weather. This checklist will help you protect your home from potential theft or damage while you are away:

  • View your home as a burglar would. Identify the easiest points of entry, and implement diversions to make a break-in more difficult.
  • Look in to your home from your own windows, and move any valuable items out of plain view from a window.
  • Keep access to your home visible by trimming trees and shrubs away from doors and windows.
  • Mount exterior motion detector lights around your home and property.
  • Leave shades, curtains, and blinds in their usual position.
  • Discontinue deliveries, or arrange to have a friend or neighbor pick up newspapers and mail.
  • Use automatic timers to turn lights on and off in different areas of your home.
  • If you will be away for an extended period of time notify your local police department.
  • Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.
  • Unplug major appliances, televisions, and computers in case of a power surge.
  • Turn off the water valves to your washing machine and other water sources not being used while you are away.

Our summers are short ~ spend the time to safeguard your home so you can leave it, relax, and enjoy your vacation!

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