10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While You're on Vacation

Summer is officially here — which means it’s time for a vacation! Whether you’re traveling 30 miles or 3,000 miles, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your home is safe while you’re away. By following a few simple steps, however, you can stress less and feel secure in knowing that your home and belongings are safe and protected.

Here are a few things to consider before you leave:

● Go around your home to make sure all windows and doors are securely locked.

● Avoid storing valuables within sight of your windows. Think about things like expensive electronics or jewelry. Ideally, you should store these valuable items in a locked safe when you are away from your home.

● If you have an alarm, make sure it is armed before you leave. The most effective security systems directly alert the police or fire department when they are tripped.

● Put a hold on your mail or coordinate with a friend or neighbor to have them collect your mail. Nothing screams empty house like an overflowing mailbox. The same goes for your yard. If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, consider hiring a lawn service to mow your lawn to make your absence less apparent.

● Put your lights on a timer to make your home look occupied. You should also consider installing a motion activated outdoor light, which is an affordable and easy way to deter late-night intruders.

● Be discreet when posting about your vacation on social media. The same goes for discussing your vacation in public places, like your local grocery store or coffee shop. You don’t want to broadcast to the world that you’ll be away, leaving your home vulnerable to thieves.

● Let a trustworthy neighbor or friend know that you will be away, so they can periodically check on your home.

● If you keep a spare key on your property, bring it inside before you leave. You definitely don’t want a burglar to use your own key to break into your home.

● Make a home inventory of your belongings. Make sure to list all of your possessions along with any receipts for transactions that you may have. You can also make a video or take photos to make this process even easier. If you are the victim of a burglary, this will come in handy when it comes time to file a claim.

● Go over your home insurance policy before you leave. Make sure you have enough coverage, especially for valuables like jewelry or fine art. Your Doherty Insurance agent can walk you through your policy and answer any questions you may have.

The last thing you want to do when you’re on vacation is stress about your home and belongings. Follow these simple tips to ensure that your home is protected, even when you’re away. And when it comes to your home insurance — your friends at Doherty Insurance are always here to help! Give us a call at 978-475-0260 or visit our website anytime for more information.

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