College football season is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited. For many people fall means road trips to alma maters to see old friends and cheer on your team. This season make sure your home is protected while you’re away tailgating and hoping for a win by following these tips.
Prevent Water Damage
- According to a recent survey by Chubb, only 19% of homeowners are concerned about water damage in their homes despite the fact the risk is more frequent than fire damage and theft. Before you leave for vacation be sure to shut off your home’s main water supply.
- Other ways to remain proactive against water damage are checking for leaks, making sure old pipes are still in good condition, and having a friend or family member check your home during your absence.
- While posting about going on vacation may seem like a fun and simple way to let friends and family know what you’re up to it could also make you susceptible to theft. Posts outlining dates you’ll be away let potential thieves know your home is vulnerable. Save your posts for once you’re home and have pictures to go with them!
- You can also protect your home by setting light timers. It will decrease the likelihood the house seems empty for the length of time you’re on vacation.
- Don’t forget to lock doors. If you are in a rush and leaving the house it’s an easy mistake to make with great cost.
Other Ways to Protect Your Home
- Make sure to set your alarm before you leave if you use a home alarm system. According to Chubb, a home without an alarm is 2.7 times more likely to be broken into than one that does.
- If you have an alarm that alerts the fire department of emergency while you’re away be sure to set it.
- Follow our tips for how to save energy in your home while you travel as well.