Are you planning to travel away from home for a few days, weeks or longer this Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a longer winter vacation this year?
No one wants to come home after a few days or weeks away to damage from broken windows, frozen pipes, or stolen property. Then follows the nightmare of insurance paperwork and repairs. Home insurance policies have specific requirements when the home owner is gone for more than 72 hours. Read your policy carefully to ensure you will be covered in the event of any damage to your home.
Before you leave;
Secure your windows and doors
Put lights on timers, partially close your drapes/blinds
Shut off the water at the main and drain toilet tanks
In the winter turn the thermostat down and the hot water tank off
Tell a neighbor you will be away-have them or a family member check the home regularly, collect the mail, keep the driveway clear in winter or the grass cut in the summer. Always leave emergency contact phone numbers with someone.
Have a safe return home!