How to Protect your Home While on Vacation

Before heading out on your last vacation of the summer, it is important to make sure that your home stays safe while you are away. Keep these simple tips in mind to protect your vacant house so that you can have a relaxing vacation with your loved ones.

  • Make your home look like someone is home. Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and newspaper so that it does not pile up. You can also request for the Post Office to hold your mail until you return. Install a simple timer-on at least one light in your home so that your home does not stay dark all night. Make sure that your gardener continues to keep your yard well-kept so that it does not look overgrown. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway to make it look like someone is consistently coming and going from your home.
  • Think about your electricity and plumbing. Unplug all of your small electronic devices and appliances, such as toasters and coffee makers. Set the thermostat that would not be comfortable for you, but will still protect your furniture and plants. Also make sure to turn off any water that is not necessary, such as for the washing machine and dishwasher. Put your water heater in “vacation” mode, which will cut down on the amount that the water runs while you are away.
  • In the kitchen. Throw away or give any opened bags or boxes of food to friends. If you want to keep the items, place them in plastic bags to avoid unwanted pests from invading your home while you are away.

Most importantly, make sure that you have the most comprehensive homeowners insurance to protect your home and belongings while you are away. Contact the insurance professionals at Mayer Insurance for all of your homeowners insurance needs in the Apple Valley, Minnesota area.