Taking precautions to ensure your home is safe while you're away is important - be it for a week or for a few months. Many of the following tips are simple tasks that you can do to prevent break-ins and minimize damage:
- For long vacations, unplug all electronics and shut off the main water valve. This will significantly reduce your utility bills while you're away.
- Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors before leaving. Replace batteries if necessary.
- Make sure all of your windows and doors are properly closed and locked. This includes basement windows, garage doors, and shed doors.
- Avoid leaving any valuables out, where one could see them by peering in the window. Closed curtains and blinds are an obvious…