You go to great lengths to protect your home. And if you own a vacation home, it deserves the same attention–if not more. The home insurance team at the Gill Agencies wants you to know about these four ways to protect your property, especially when you’re not there:
- Keep an eye on it – Who will be look after your beach, lake, or mountain house while you’re away? Install a home security system that allows you to peek in via the internet. Ask a neighbor to check up on the property when you’re not around, or ask local law enforcement to drive by periodically.
- Lock all doors and windows – Don’t give burglars easy access into your home. Before you pack up and leave, always make sure that every door and window is locked.
- Don’t leave clues that you’re gone – If you receive mail or newspapers at your vacation property, stop delivery before you return home. When these items pile up, it’s a dead giveaway that no one’s home.
- Invest in lighting – When the lights are on, your home is at a lower risk for a break-in. Plug lamps into a timer or install smart lighting that can be controlled through Wi-Fi.