If you are a home owner and you are looking to hit the road for a new travel adventure, it is important that you have made sure that your home will be in good shape for when you go away. There are enough things to worry about when you go traveling, without having to occupy yourself with what is going on with your property back home. As with many things, the key to ensuring that you can alleviate yourself of worries about the home, is in the preparation. For peace of mind and home security, here is how to get your home in shape when you go traveling.
Home insurance is not obligatory but it would be foolish to go traveling without being safe in the knowledge that you are covered against any issues with the home. Is it time to renew your home insurance policies? If so then make sure that you research your best prices, and go get that cover, if you don’t currently have home insurance then you need to ensure that you have covered your home, before you go away. Should something go wrong when you are not there, you need to have cover, or else it could end up costing you great deal of money.
Calling For Help
If you are going traveling for more than a week or so it makes sense to have a friend or family member who lives nearby, to go and check your home whilst you are not there. The last thing that you will want is to come home from your travels to find that something has gone wrong, ask around to see if someone could check the home out for you, and give them a key in case they need to access the property.
The Big Switch Off
Insurance may cover you against something going wrong with the property, but you should still be looking at minimizing that risk in any way that you can. Prior to leaving you should ensure that you have switched off the water, gas and electric, in order to avoid maintenance issues. If you have a fridge or a freezer, be sure to empty them before turning the electric off or you may come back to some unsightly scenes.
Naturally the fact that your home won’t see any action for some time means that it could be a potential target for thieves. To lower the risk of theft, think about asking whoever is checking on the house to open and close curtains, or to leave their car there for the odd night. You should also look at using timers on your lamps, so that the house looks occupied on an evening. Naturally you should ensure that all windows and doors are locked, and that your high value items are either hidden from sight, or put in storage to keep them safe.
The last thing you need on your travels is stress, so make sure that you prepare in the right way to lock your house down before you go.