Keep your home safe this summer

After a long winter, many of us are looking forward to hitting the road and getting away for the summer. Whether you’re going away for a weekend or travelling across the country, you’ll want to make sure your home is in the same condition as you left it when you get back.

Besides, vacations are meant for you to decompress and relax. No one wants to add the stress of worrying about their home to their never-ending to-do list. Implement these tips so you have one less thing to worry about before your next trip.

Protect your home from the outside

  • Lock all doors and entry points to the home.
  • Don’t hide a spare key outside, under a mat or anywhere else.
  • If you have a home surveillance system, make sure to contact your provider to let them know you’re going on vacation and how long you’ll be away from your home.

Protect your home from the inside

  • Install window stops on first floor and basement window frames and activate the “anti-lift” or “anti-slide” features of sliding windows and doors. Window sensors can also be used to monitor any movement outside of your home.
  • Take inventory of your belongings and estimate the total value in case of an emergency.
  • Store away valuable goods in a safety deposit box. Include any receipts, photos and any other documentation that may be useful in the event of a break in.

Have someone watch your home

  • Have a trusted friend or family member check your home in case of an emergency and to do any general upkeep.
  • Have mail and packages picked up to give the illusion that the home is occupied.

In the event that your home is broken into, insurance providers such as Belairdirect will be there to support you every step of the way. Learn more about filing a claim at belairdirect.com or on the app.

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