With Labor Day around the corner and many families planning there Labor Day getaway. Check out these tips we put together so you can have some peace of mind when your away from your home.
- Don’t tip off criminals with twitter / facebook
In a world where it seems everyone is blabbing about their business on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to stop and think: who exactly is reading this stuff? Change your house phone message as well. Callers don’t need to know that you’re not home — they just need to know that you can’t come to the phone right now.
Do your best to make your house look occupied, leave cars in your driveway, and put timers on your outdoor lights.
- Stop your mail
Either place a “stop” order on mail and newspaper, Otherwise, a week’s worth of letters piled on your front step could signal to criminals that a certain homeowner is out of town. It’s easy to put your mail on hold; that’s why there’s no excuse not to do this. Just go to the United States Postal Service Web site and you can place a “stop” order in a matter of minutes.
- Pull the plug
Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. Do this to save power as well. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances use power even when they’re turned off.
- Remove your spare key
That plastic rock isn’t fooling anyone. If a criminal figures out you’re away on vacation, it’s likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key. So reach under the mat, into the mailbox, above the door frame or into the flower pot and remove your spare key. Besides, if you’re locked out when you come back from vacation, you could end up having a beer with the president!
- Shut off your water: According to the Insurance Information Institute, the second most common homeowners’ insurance claim is water damage to houses. Leaking pipes and appliances, and damage caused by storms and freezing conditions cause millions of dollars worth of damage every year. Before leaving your home for more than a few days, prep your house so you won’t come home to a big, expensive mess.
Turn off the water at the main if there is no one to check your house. Drain the pipes to keep them from bursting in freezing weather by running the water and flushing the toilets after you shut off the water. Leave the cupboards under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
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