Wednesday, 16 September 2015

How Secure Is Your Home Whilst Your Away?

How secure is your home while you’re on holiday?

Getting away from it all for a week or two should provide you with the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind, but if you have niggling doubts about the security of your home while you’re on holiday, you won’t be able to make the most of your adventure. With this in mind, it’s worth asking yourself the following questions before you head off on your next trip.
 Are you covered for the loss or damage of possessions?

 No matter how seriously you take the issue of security, there’s always a chance that your possessions will be damaged or stolen while you’re away on holiday. Because of this, it’s crucial that you have suitable insurance in place. Knowing that you have the right cover in place can give you added peace of mind while you’re enjoying a family sojourn. It’s wise to check the small print of your insurance policy too to make sure you have the correct level of cover. For example, as well as the possessions you keep inside your property, think about anything you store outside, like gardening equipment. As specialist broker states, these possessions are usually covered, but it’s important to read the small print of your policy just in case.

 How effective are your security features?

Think about your security features as well. At the most basic level, you should have good quality windows and doors with effective locks. In addition, you might benefit from installing anything from security lights to alarm systems in your home. So that you don’t forget to lock up properly and set your security features, you might benefit from creating a checklist to read through before you embark on your travels.

Will your home look lived-in?

 Also, consider whether your home will look lived-in while you’re away. A pile-up of milk bottles outside your front door and papers sticking out of your letterbox are dead giveaways that no one’s in. This means it’s vital that you cancel any deliveries before you set off. Also, it’s a good idea to get a neighbour or friend to visit your home at least a few times while you’re away to clear any mail from the doorstep. You could also invite a neighbour to use your driveway to park their car, and consider investing in timer switches for your lights.

How many people will know you’re away?

 Last but not least, ask yourself how many people will know you’re away from home. With social media, it can be tempting to broadcast holiday plans and itineraries over the web, but if you’re not careful, this can lead to information about your absence falling into the wrong hands. To keep risks to a minimum, avoid sharing your travel experiences online until after you get back.

By taking simple steps like these before you jet off, it’s more likely that your home will stay secure while you’re away on holiday.

This post was a collaboration with Chill Insurance

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