It’s a Friday afternoon and you’re sitting at work. You’re trying to be as productive as you can, but you can’t help but watch the clock. Tick tock, tick tock. Every tick brings you one second closer to your vacation. You think you can’t wait any longer but then, hooray! It’s 5 o’clock and you rush out with that overwhelming sense of freedom and relaxation. You pull up in the driveway, grab your kids, pack the car with all your luggage, and head towards the beach house leaving all your worries behind you. Except there’s one thing… you have this nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something. You run through it all in your head, but dismiss the feeling because you’re in vacation mode.

You’ve been in vacation mode since the day started, the kids were ready the minute you started packing their toys. You are ready for your vacation but what about your house?

Your house protects you, but who is protecting your house while you’re gone? Don’t let the excitement of a well-deserved vacation blind you from realizing the risks of an unprotected home.

Adopt the “better safe than sorry” philosophy and take precautions to lower your home’s risk of being targeted and broken into.

Hold your mail

An overflowing mailbox or a pile of packages sitting on your front step are clear signs that you haven’t been home in a while. Contact the U.S. Postal Service to put your mail on hold. They’ll deliver your bundled mail when you get home.

Keep eyes on your property

Even if you stop your mail, there are still some other signs that can make it obvious you’re not home. A sprinkler system gone wrong or packages by the door can alert people you’re away. If you have any neighbors you trust, let them know you’ll be out of town and ask if they would keep an eye out for suspicious activity or cars parked out front. If you don’t know your neighbors, consider asking a family member to stop by every day or consider hiring a house sitter.

Make your home look lived in

What makes a home look lived in? Lights going on and off and cars coming and going, these signs stop once you’re away. To help create the illusion that people are home, consider purchasing timers that turn on your lights for a few hours in the evening.

Lock up

While it may seem like common sense, make sure to lock every single potential entry to your home. There could be windows and/or doors (for example the garage) that usually stay unlocked. Before you head out for vacation, go through the house and double check.

Don’t project your moves

As soon as you book a much-needed vacation, you’re going to want to rush to social media and tell all your friends where you’re headed. Refrain from doing this. Projecting your vacation plans all over social media will let strangers know you won’t be home. The less information you put out there, the less likely it will reach the wrong person.

Don’t ask yourself what you could have done to prevent damage, instead be ahead of the game and make your home “vacation ready”. Once you’ve checked these to-dos off your list, you can rest easy knowing you’ve done your part to keep your home safe and sound.

Contact a Bankers agent today if you have any questions about protecting your home and belongings before heading out on vacation.


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