Vacation Preparation: Unoccupied Homes Are an Increased Risk for Theft, Vandalism, Fire, and Water Damage
Summertime means vacation, but did you know that unoccupied homes are at an increased risk for theft, vandalism, fire, and water damage? Like most things in life, the best protection is preparation. Taking a few simple precautions before you leave can dramatically reduce your risk for damage and theft and allow you the peace of mind to allow you to relax and enjoy your time away.
Reduce risks around the house by unplugging small appliances, TVs, and other devices that can short out and start a fire. Avoid water damage by turning off your water to prevent damage from broken pipes, leaks, or running toilets.
Make Your House Looks Lived In
Purchase timers and set them up to turn on and off at different times during the evening (this is good practice even when you are not on vacation.) Before you leave, make a final check to ensure your windows and doors are locked and curtains and shades are drawn.
Remember to hold your mail and newspaper deliveries so they don’t stack up. Mow the lawn and water plants before you leave or, if you are going to be away for an extended period, hire a landscaper or neighbor to keep up with it. If you have motion sensing outdoor lights, make sure they are working properly and, if you own a pool, make sure it is covered and secure.
Have someone keep an eye on the house. Tell a friend or neighbor that you will be away and ask them to look out for anything unusual. Give them a key to the house so they can check if they sense a problem and make sure they have your number so they can contact you if there is.
Your vacation should be worry-free which is why it’s a good idea to prepare your home before you leave for your trip. But in the event you do need to file a claim, call Property Adjustment. We act as your advocate to ensure that the insurance company is paying your claim properly and fairly.