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How to protect your home while you’re on vacation

Going on vacation is a great way to relax and unwind—but it’s important to stay vigilant when you’re away. As a homeowner, your home is likely one of the most valuable assets that you can secure while you’re not there. That means taking extra measures when it comes to protecting your house, both inside and out. This guide will provide you with tips for ensuring your home stays safe while you are enjoying a much-needed break from everyday life. From installing home security systems to securing valuables, here are essential steps every homeowner should take before jetting off for vacation:  

Install Lights on Timers  

With a few simple adjustments, like adding lights to timers, you can help protect your home from potential intruders. By setting the lights to turn on and off at random times throughout the night, you may be able to deter criminal activity. This technique is especially beneficial if you are away on vacation, as it makes it appear that someone is home—even when you’re not. 

Disconnect Electronics to Prevent Power Surges  

When you leave home for vacation, you should be sure to unplug all non-essential electronics. This is important both to prevent costly power surges and to save energy while you’re away. Household electronics like televisions, computers, and more should be turned off and disconnected to ensure they won’t be damaged by power surges while you’re away. By taking the extra step of disconnecting equipment from their power sources, you can guarantee that damage won’t occur due to any unforeseen power outages or fluctuations. Although it may take more time before leaving your house for vacation, making sure all of your electronics are securely unplugged will help give you peace of mind by providing an extra layer of protection for your home. 

Secure Valuables in a Safe Place  

Before you head off for your vacation, take the time to secure any valuables that may be in your home. Invest in a safe and lock it away with all your important documents and items of sentimental value inside. Doing so will give you peace of mind when you come back from your much-deserved break knowing that all of your valuables remain safely tucked away with no unforeseen shocks awaiting you upon return.  

Double Check That All Doors and Windows are Locked  

No matter what kind of vacation you are planning, it is important to make sure that your home is secure when you leave. Before exiting, make sure to double-check that all doors and windows are locked. Home insurance often relies on conscientious behavior to prevent loss or theft, so taking this extra precaution will ensure the safety of your valuables and peace of mind while away from home. Furthermore, investing in a home security system can provide added protection from burglary. Taking these steps can make all the difference in protecting your home from break-ins and unwelcome visitors.  

Invest in a Home Security System   

Protecting your home from burglaries and intruders is essential, so it is worth the investment to purchase a reliable home security system. They usually consist of motion sensors, contact sensors, and an alarm system that can alert you immediately when something triggers your home security system. Other features such as automatic lights and cameras can also be added for further protection.  

While buying a sophisticated home security system would require additional upfront costs, the long-term benefits make it more than worth the investment. Home insurance premiums may decrease with the presence of a home security system while vacation trips become less stressful knowing that your valuables are closely monitored in case of any unexpected occurrences. 

Find Out What Home Insurance Can do to Help Protect Your Home  

Keeping your home secure is essential to protecting yourself, your family, and your possessions. Home insurance can provide an extra layer of protection for your residence. Depending on the policy you choose, coverage may include damaged or stolen property, theft and vandalism, and liability coverage. To further protect your home, it is recommended that you take additional measures as well such as using lights on timers when you are away on vacation, securing valuables with a lockable system, and double-checking windows and doors are properly locked. In some cases, a fully monitored home security system may even qualify for discounts with select insurers.  


Look into the different types of home insurance available to find out which one best fits your needs and gives you peace of mind! Reach out to one of your local insurance agents if you have any questions.