Vacations are for fun and relaxation — the last thing you want is to return home to a break in. H. Levenbaum wants to help you enjoy your vacation and protect your home, which is why we’re offering tips to help keep your home safe while you’re away.
1. Don’t post your location on social media.
We know you’re excited to share all about your adventure, but we highly advise uploading photos to social media after you return home. No matter how private your settings are, anything online is still public information. By checking in at the airport or the hotel, you are alerting people to the fact that you are away from your home.
2. Have the post office hold your mail.
Nothing says “I’m not home” more than an overstuffed mailbox. You can have your local post office hold your mail while you’re away, or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to take in your mail daily.
3. Set timers.
Set timers on indoor and outdoor lights so it appears that someone is home.
4. Unplug and turn off appliances.
Make sure all your electrical appliances are turned off. For appliances that may be susceptible to lightning and power surges — unplug them. Examples of these appliances are televisions or computers.
5. Advise your alarm company.
Notify your alarm company and local authorities that you will be away. This way if your alarm is set off, authorities will be able to respond accordingly.
6. Inform a trusted friend.
Ask a friend or trusted neighbor to watch your home while you’re away. Give them contact information in case of an emergency.
We want you to enjoy your vacation, which is why it’s important to take certain precautions before you leave and while you are away. If you have questions about protecting your home or about a new or existing homeowners policy, an H. Levenbaum agent would be happy to help. Give us a call at 617-825-3900 or visit our website to learn more.
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