For Your Safety, Prepare Your Home for Vacation

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It's time for vacation! Here's a handy checklist to prepare your home a peace-of-mind getaway

Whether you’re working on your tan in the Caribbean, visiting museums in Paris, scuba diving in South Africa or reading John Grisham’s entire bibliography at the family cottage, nothing feels better than vacation!

To fully enjoy your well-deserved vacation, follow our checklist to make sure you secure your home and avoid unpleasant surprises!

Protect Yourself

Experienced burglars know how to recognize unoccupied homes. To fend them off, you must give the illusion of a busy home and, above all, make burglary difficult!

  • Ask someone you trust to visit your home regularly.
  • Piles of unopened mail will set burglars thinking. Get a “No flyers” sticker or print your own.
  • In spite of your excitement, don’t tell everyone about your vacation. There may be some mean-spirited people in your entourage…
  • For the same reason, avoid sharing vacation photos on social networks while you’re on vacation. Wait for your return to publish the hundreds of photos of the beach or the Eiffel Tower you took!
  • Your yard should not look unkempt during your absence. Maintain it carefully before you leave (mow the lawn, trim the hedges, water the flowers…) and, if you’re leaving for a long time, ask someone to take care of it during your absence. In winter, consider hiring a snow removal company or asking a neighbour to help you out.
  • Transfer your phone calls or take the time to listen to your messages remotely so they do not fill your voice mailbox.
  • Ask a neighbour to occasionally park in your driveway.
  • Give the contact details of someone you trust to your alarm centre if you have an alarm system. This person will be contacted in case of break-in or attempted break-in.
  • Make sure that your house guardian knows how to reach you in case of emergency.
  • For a good investment, have a photosensitive or motion detector outdoor lighting system installed. If you want to put the odds on your side, invest in an indoor lighting system with a timer.
  • Hide your valuables and important papers. If you want to protect them at all costs, put them in a safe.
  • Take pictures of your house to show your insurance company in case of theft or disaster.
  • Of course, make sure all doors and windows are locked, including the garage door. If it has an automatic opening system, disconnect it: Some burglars have devices that act as “master keys”.
  • Use a stick to block sliding doors and windows.
  • Close all the curtains.

Plan for the Worst

Picture this: You’re chilling on a lounge chair with a margarita when your phone rings and you learn that water damage has completely flooded your bathroom. The horror!

  • Disconnect all electrical devices.
  • Turn off all water valves, including those for the boiler and the washing machine.
  • Empty the refrigerator’s ice tray.
  • Turn off the pool’s heat pump and lower the spa’s temperature. Ask someone who is used to it to maintain the pool during your absence.
  • To prevent pest invasion and unpleasant odours, empty garbage cans, leave as little food as possible in the refrigerator, carefully seal all food containers and dust baking soda in the toilet.
  • Turn off the air-conditioning system; If you’re travelling during winter, set the temperature to 15 °C, or whatever is written in your agreement if you live in a condo unit.
  • Drain all water pipes.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure they work well.
  • Check the conditions of your home insurance. You may be required to notify your insurer of your vacation.

Another Solution

If you are comfortable with the idea, consider using a platform like Airbnb to rent your property during your vacation. Not only will you make enough money to pay for a portion of your vacation, but the presence of people in your house should persuade burglars not to rob you.

Finally, do not forget that you are on vacation! Now is the time to rest and be happy. By following these tips, you are fully read for a safe and unforgettable stay. Have fun and don’t worry too much!

Another Solution

If you are comfortable with the idea, consider using a platform like Airbnb to rent your property during your vacation. Not only will you make enough money to pay for a portion of your vacation, but the presence of people in your house should persuade burglars not to rob you.

Finally, do not forget that you are on vacation! Now is the time to rest and be happy. By following these tips, you are fully read for a safe and unforgettable stay. Have fun and don't worry too much!

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