Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Keeping Your Home Safe When You're Away ǀ Travel

Summer is classically the time when many people choose to go away on holiday; that is certainly true for us and so it's also the time when (potentially) your home is at most risk.  We are lucky that we have never had anything untoward happen whilst we've been away...unless you count the time our garden table exploded glass everywhere but it still pays to be cautious.

Chill Insurance recently created an infographic which features some surprising statistics about home safety and they asked me to share with you my thoughts on how we keep our home safe when we go away.

1. Check home insurance
If it has been a while since you sorted your insurance, or since you went away then make sure you look over your policy and check that it remains valid whilst you are away.  Some insurance policies feature exclusions such as your home only being covered for a certain number of days when you are away so it is always worth re-reading the small print.  If you need to sort insurance then head online; companies like Chill are a good place to start for home insurance quotes.

2. Don't leave it looking unoccupied
My dad always used to tell me that nothing makes a house look more conspicuous than curtains drawn during the day and this is so true!  Although it is tempting to keep curtains drawn, there are other ways to deter potential burglars.  Invest in a timer switch to turn on lamps and lights when evening draws in, cancel any regular deliveries (such as milk/newspapers) which may obviously build up and mow your lawn just before you go to make it less obvious that no-one is home.

3. Tell a neighbour
We always ask a nearby neighbour to keep a lookout for our home whilst we are away, and we do the same for them.  We have exchanged numbers with our close neighbours and know that they would contact us if something were to happen to our property.  We also do small things such as parking on one another's driveways and taking the bins out too; all to make it look as though someone is home.

4. But don't tell everyone!
There's no need to advertise to everyone that you are going away, and there's also no need to leave things out on display whilst you aren't home either.  Put valuable somewhere secure and don't leave them out on display.  This is pretty good advice for any day of the week when you may not be home but is especially important when you go on holiday.

So there you go...just some quick tips on how to keep your home safe whilst you are away.


Have you got anything else you would add?

This is a collaborative post.

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