As you get ready to set off on your summer holiday, it's crucial you take precautions to keep your home safe from potential dangers or intruders while you're away
CORGI HomePlan has come up with some tips to ensure you have full peace of mind.
Don't leave your house looking empty
There are obvious tell-tale signs that a house is unoccupied - make sure you avoid these traps. Simple measures can be taken to fool potential burglars.
- Leave your blinds and curtains open. If you leave them drawn during the day, this acts as an obvious sign that no one is home.
- Ask your neighbour to keep on top of any post stacking up at the door. Alternatively, you can sign up to Royal Mail's Keepsafe service. This will safely hold your post for anytime between 14 and 66 days.
- Invest in a light timer that will automatically come on in the evening. Ensure the lamp is out of view of the window too - it could act as a big giveaway if someone looks through.
Hide all valuables in a safe place that isn't obvious
This may sound obvious but keep all your valuables out of sight. Don't entice burglars by having the latest gadgets on display - instead, think smart about where you will hide them. In the unfortunate event that a burglar does try to rob you, spread your valuables around the house, and don't hide them in obvious places, like a sock drawer or under your bed. One option is to wrap your jewellery in tin foil and hide it among the other food items in your freezer.
Make sure you have the relevant home insurance
Before heading off, make sure you have the home insurance cover you need, and that it's valid when you're not there. Be sure you're aware of any exclusions in the policy too, as you don't want to be caught out by any surprises. It's also useful to find out how long your house can be empty for - take note of important contact numbers, in case you need to call them while on holiday.
Don't post on social media that you'd going on holiday
It's something we're all guilty of, but be wary that any post on social media about your break could be seen by an opportunist burglar. If you can, try to wait until you're home to upload your holiday pictures.
Turn it Off
Make sure all electrical appliances are switched off at the wall before heading off, it's not enough to turn the power off. This not only saves energy and money but also reduces the risk of fire in your home.
Declutter your gutter
Your guttering provides drainage which will, in turn, protect the windows, doors, siding and even foundations of your home from water damage caused by rain and storms. Ensure your gutter is clear of leaves before heading off on holiday, as overloading it can cause them to collapse - no one wants to return from a break to find your house flooded!
Ensure your boiler's in good working order
If your boiler packs in while you're on holiday, it could mean you return to no hot water or heating - far from ideal! Ensure you've had your annual boiler service to make sure yours is in good working order.