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Traveling this winter? Keep your home safe when you’re away!

  • January 14, 2014
  • by Carlos Lopez

5 Tips to a Safe Home When Traveling

First rule of Murphy’s Law: if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you are away. We’ll push that worrisome thought out of your mind. It is important that every traveler follow these five key steps to have a burden free time away from home.

1. Don’t post your travel plans on the web 

Don’t post the details of your vacation plans with the whole world. Believe it or not, broadcasting your travel plans on social media can and will tip off criminals to an opportunity! It is very important to take a moment and think: Who is reading this?

2. Ask a friend to help out

Find a friend or a family member that you trust to keep an eye on your home. It will give you the peace of mind that you will want while traveling. Ask them to come by your home at least once a day to check on it and do a few simple, but key tasks. Give this person a key so they can bring in the mail, turn on and off the outside lights, bring in your daily paper.

3. Lights are on but nobody is home

It might not be a very good idea to leave your lights on the entire time you are traveling.  Lights on throughout the night may look a little strange. Instead purchase a light switch timer that will automatically turn on and off your lights according to how you program it. These are readily available at your local hardware store and can range anywhere from ten dollars to fifty.

4. Always know what is going on at your home

Now you can know what is happening at your home when you are not there. You can purchase a camera package that lets you see what is going on when you can’t be there. You can view live and recorded video from your smartphone, tablet or PC.

5. Protect your home from water damage

Don’t let leaks be on your mind! Purchase a water sensor. These sensors will detect when water is in any unwanted areas and promptly alert you before any major damage ensues. It is also a good idea to have an emergency battery backup to your sump pump in case the electricity goes out.

A water control package is a great companion with a water sensor. When or if a leak begins or a pip bursts you will be able to turn off your water remotely to prevent damage and protect your home.

With these five easy tips to protect your home while you are traveling will prevent those troubling thoughts so you can thoroughly enjoy your trip!

These five easy tips will allow you to have a breezy, worry free vacation!

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