The autumn months are a great time to get away for that last blast of summer sun. Southern France, Italy and Spain are still enjoying the warmer rays – making them an ideal destination for a holiday. But while you’re topping up your tan, you don’t want to be worrying about your home. So before you head off, make sure you check that you have a home insurance policy in place
Knowing you’re covered by a home insurance policy you can rely on will help to give you peace of mind. If you don’t have a policy in place yet, you can look online to find contents insurance quotes to suit you and your home.
Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do to help keep your home safer. Here are five things to consider before you jet off:
Tip 1: Lock away any valuable possessions
If you have any treasured or valuable jewelry or watches, or small electrical items such as a laptop or iPad, it’s a good idea to keep them locked away if you’re not taking them with you. You can pick up a good quality home safe from any of the bigger home improvement stores. Home safes can help protect your valuables from burglars – and many are fireproof too.
Tip 2: Fit an alarm
You can buy alarm systems specifically designed to deter potential thieves – these can range from a simple alarm bell that goes off if there is an intrusion, to more sophisticated ones that will automatically ring chosen friends and family to alert them of the alarm.
Tip 3: Consider installing a camera
The sight of CCTV on the side of your house, overlooking your front door, back door and garden, could be just the thing to put off thieves. And if you do become the victim of crime, the video footage could potentially be used as evidence to show the police.
Tip 4: Fit security lights
Motion sensor lights fitted to the outside of your home can also be a good way to deter a burglar. Install them around the doorways of your home, your driveway and any outbuildings, such as a shed or garage.
Tip 5: Check all windows and doors are locked It may sound obvious, but as you’re leaving, check all windows and doors are fully locked. Many robberies occur because a thief spots an easy way to break in. Windows left on the latch – and even something to give them a good leg up, such as a water butt or dustbin – can be very enticing to would-be opportunists.
Taking precautionary steps like these could really help to make your home and contents that little bit more secure while you’re away. And if you make sure that you have a quality contents and buildings insurance in place, you’ll get that extra peace of mind.
Post by Leanne