October 2019: Protect Your HQ While Traveling

Protect Your HQ While Traveling

Even superheroes take time out to visit family during the holidays. This season, more than 100 million Americans will head out of town each year.* If you’re traveling in the next couple of months, use these tips to keep your home base safe, so it’ll be in tip-top shape when you return.

Get A Timer

Set a few lights on a timer so that they turn on and off at different times and in different rooms around the house. Have a smart plug or smart bulbs? Use your smartphone to set a timer and then monitor its schedule while you are away.

Install A Motion-Activated Outdoor Light

Keep your home well-lit to protect it against unwanted critters or visitors.

Unplug Electronics

Decrease your electric bill and prevent accidental surges when no one is home by unplugging electronics. This includes not only the big appliances like your TV and microwave, but smaller ones too, like a coffee maker, extra phone charger and digital clock.

Turn off the Water Supply

For longer trips, turn off the water before you go so you’re not welcomed home with a big flood.

Clean Out the Kitchen

Don’t let the expired (or borderline expired) food items stick around. Do a quick clean of the kitchen and pantry before you leave, so no unwelcome bugs or smalls appear when you’re gone.

Set the Thermostat

In the winter, keep your thermostat set to at least 50 degrees while you’re away to prevent freezing pipes.

Freeze Your Mail

Visit your local post office or USPS in person or online to request a freeze for up to 30 days.

These tips will give you peace of mind while you’re away for the holidays. Need any help while you’re out of town? Give me a call, and I’d love to be of service however I can!

*AAA 2018