Tip of the Month: Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

You’ve had a great vacation.  The last thing you want is to come home to find that something bad has happened to your home.  So, how do you keep your home safe while you are away for an extended period?  Here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare to enjoy your fun in the sun:

 

  1. Hold the mail, please. (1)

It can become obvious you are not home if your mail starts to pile up in your mailbox.  You can put in a request with the post office to hold your mail for up to 30 days online. This will not only avoid alerting the neighborhood that you are gone, but it can help protect your identity by keeping sensitive mail secure at the post office.

  1. Lights out. (1)

You may think you’re convincing someone you’re home by leaving lights and/or TV on, but if they stay on all day and all night, someone is bound to notice.  Consider an automated timer or a phone app that will allow you to turn them on and off at normal times.

  1. Unplug while you unplug. (1)

You can not only reduce your electric bill, but protect your expensive electronics like your television or computer by unplugging it while you’re away.  This way, if there’s a storm at your home while you are relaxing, you don’t have to worry about a power surge potentially destroying your electronics.

  1. Get the help you need. (1)

The best defense is a good offense – ask a trustworthy neighbor, family member, or friend to keep an eye on your home while you are away.  Having someone monitoring it with a key or even a house sitter staying in the home will ensure someone is aware of anything out of the ordinary.

 

If all else fails, and the dreadful happens, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Legal Resources plan attorney so you can relax, you’re covered should anything result in a legal matter.

 

 

 

 

(1) http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/safety-and-health/keep-your-home-safe-on-vacation-9-essential-tips

(2)https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/

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