Right now, the holidays are here and many of us are going to make short or medium-term trips away from home. All right! Holidays are always good news. But when we leave we always have the uncertainty of whether the things and properties that we leave here will be well and safe. Today we want to give you some tips to take care of your house when you go on vacation .
Ensures the important
For more useful tips that we can offer in this post about how to take care of your home when you go on vacation , something can always happen. And in front of that, without a good home insurance , we can not be protected.
For example, we can explain to you, and we will do it, how to prevent your home from appearing empty to scare off potential thieves. But that does not mean that at some point this can happen to us that we try to avoid. Can you imagine coming home and finding all your missing valuables and the forced lock?
If this happened to you and you did not have insurance, all the costs would have to be replenished by youand would be very high. But the problem is not so much that we steal some things of value. Much more serious would be that our house burned down and, even worse, that it affected the neighbors’.
Without insurance, we may not be able to respond to the economic blow that such an incident could cause. It is therefore very important, before moving on to the tips to take care of your home when you go on vacation, that we understand that the basis of our security will always be having a home insurance that supports us. Better if it is a multi-risk insurance that covers different important coverages.
How to take care of your house when you go on vacation
Now, after understanding the importance of having a home insurance for one of the most vital things for our existence, we go to see what are those actions that we can carry out to leave our house as protected as possible and that when arriving we are less likely to get upset.
Have you closed all the doors and windows?
When we go on vacation we worry, above all, that the main doors are well closed: the entrance door and the balcony door. But a badly closed window in a bathroom or in a room can become a real drain . Someone with bad intentions could take advantage of the vulnerability to enter and steal or to do some act of vandalism in your home. Before going on vacation, check that each and every one of the doors and windows are completely closed.
Do not completely lower the blinds
Lowering the blinds when we go on vacation seems quite logical. This prevents the sun from heating the house and, on the other hand, we keep it closed. But what we do not realize is that to do that is to shout to friends of what is foreign: ‘eh, I’ve gone on vacation’. The point is that the house must appear to be with people inside , so, ideally, the blinds are not completely lowered. Half-heartedly. In this way we can confuse anyone who is waiting for our house to remain empty.
Close the water stopcock
One of the most common misfortunes that happen when we go on vacation are the dreaded floods . To avoid this there is a very simple gesture that we can carry out: close the stopcocks. In this way it will be impossible that, upon arrival, at least by our mistake or an accidental breakage of a tap or pipe, everything has flooded.
Turn off devices that you are not going to use
Most of us usually have strips in which we connect several devices. Some that, during our vacations, we are not going to use. For example, the TV, the micro, the oven, the computer, the air conditioning, etc. Lower, if you can, the automatic and the differential, or turn off the power strips so that the electronic devices do not remain in ‘stand by’. Why?
The reason for this is quite simple. While we are on vacation there could be a spark and then we could have a serious problem. Even if your insurance takes care of everything, you will not like to receive a call during your vacation to let you know that your house has caught fire and you have lost a lot of belongings, maybe even the house. To avoid these consequences, a simple gesture: turn off the power strips and lower the magneto-thermal switches of those devices that are not going to be used while you are away. Do not forget, in addition, of the saving in the bill of the light that this would suppose. Download our ebook How to have a sustainable home, take care of your health and save money .
Deprogram your devices
If you are not going to download the automatic, or not all, remember to deprogram the electronic devices that are going to stay on and that are programmed to turn on at certain times such as air conditioning or heating. Very important!
Count on your neighbor
If you have a trusted neighbor who knows you are staying at home during your vacation, you can ask him to occasionally check your house , pick up mail from the mailbox or simply put the doormat in place if clean the portal have moved it. If you also water your plants and let yourself be seen on the terrace from time to time you owe a good tapas.
If you want it to look like you’re at home, use timers
There are some devices that work in a particular way. It is programmed on and off so that, at certain times, for example, turn on the light of the lamps or power the music or radio. In this way, even if we are not at home, it seems that we are. There are also mechanisms to raise and lower blinds and curtains that you might consider. The only drawback is the electricity bill which, logically, will increase slightly due to this expense, something that can be assumed for safety reasons. Although if you use low consumption LED bulbs and only just enough programs to give a sense of movement in the house , the electricity bill will not end up giving you any displeasure.
As you can see, there are many tricks and tips to take care of your house when you go on vacation. The issue is, as we anticipated, starting from a good home insurance and acting with a little bit of mischief considering the risks that we expose ourselves to being away from home and not being able to come quickly to respond to any incident.