# Friday, June 17, 2011
Vacation Plans for your Home
Are you planning on spending time away from home this summer?  Many people have summer vacation plans that will take them away from home for at least 2 to 3 days.  So what should you do to protect your home while you are away?  We found these tips on Progressive's web site and thought we would repost and share it with our clients as well.  By the way, Progressive is one of the many companies we represent.

• Set a timer to turn exterior and interior lights on and off when you normally would, or use a mobile app to control lights remotely.
• Stop your newspaper deliveries.
• Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and, if necessary, bring your recycling and  garbage cans to and from the curb on pickup day.
• Hide and/or lock up valuables, like jewelry.
• Inform your security system provider of your travel dates, so they can take extra steps to  monitor your home.
• Don’t share your travel plans on social media sites.
• Turn off the water supply to your washing machine, sinks and toilets, or consider installing a system that will shut off water where it detects a leak.
• Unplug electronics and appliances, or use a mobile app to control appliances remotely.
• If freezing weather is a possibility: Clear gutters and downspouts, remove garden hoses from exterior faucets and open cabinet doors under sinks to keep your pipes warm.

Some of these suggestions can be skipped depending on the length of your trip.  Preforming these tasks prior to your vacation should take any worry away so you can truely enjoy your time away.

Have a great summer everyone!

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