5/4/2011 - Protecting your home while you’re on vacation
It won't be long before students start putting their books away for another year to take their annual summer break, a time when families often leave their homes for extended periods of time and go on vacation.
But these trips may leave homeowners vulnerable to potential burglars and thieves who would like nothing more than to empty a residence of its belongings.
To make sure that doesn't happen, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) says vacationing families should take several precautions.
These include storing valuables in a secure area, equipping one's home with an alarm system, asking a neighbor to check the house periodically and making sure all newspapers and bills are collected.
In short, the NAMIC says people should do everything they can to make it appear as though people are still in the house. Taking these steps will preserve a home's security and also spare families the pain and heartache that can come after having to file a property insurance claim. Property insurance can save people from financial hardship, but it can't replace items that had sentimental value.
For more ways to secure a home while on vacation, click here.