Summer is winding down and for many families that means taking one last getaway before the chaos of a new school year starts. Whether you are planning a road trip to the beach or you’re jetting off to a major theme park, you’ll want to cover all your bases. In addition to packing as efficiently as possible and getting the kids geared up for the haul, you’ll also want to take steps to protect your home while you are away.
For starters, don’t use social media to inform the world that you will be flying to Orlando and your home will be sitting there ripe for the ransacking. When you leave Dodge, take a vacation from Twitter, Facebook and other social media addictions. Enjoy the time away bonding with your family. You can catch up with your tweeps when you return home. Also, make sure your tween or teens don’t spill the beans by updating their friends regularly on their whereabouts.
Next, be sure to secure your home in case a natural disaster strikes while you are gone. Insurance experts recommend shutting off the water supply to your washing machine before leaving on vacation. Experts say by turning off the water you can eliminate the risk of having hoses feeding your washing machine burst. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety found that the average cost of a claim involving a washing machine loss is $5,308. Not exactly what you want to face after dropping a bundle on a family vacation.
Another tip is to store all of your outdoor furniture in the garage or a shed while you are away. If a wind storm rolls through while you are on vacation you could face broken chairs, awnings and tables. If you don’t have a place to store the outdoor furniture, at the very least you should secure them so they can’t be destroyed by high winds.