When preparing to leave a home unoccupied for an extended period, whether for business or pleasure, you take care to close and lock the windows and doors, draw the curtains and shut things up tight. But when you leave the house empty for any length of time, there’s always the worry that you may return only to find that burglars or vandals have made themselves at home, quite literally. In addition to purchasing vacant home insurance in Florida, here are some tips to give you some peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home away from home:
- Create a lived-in look by leaving shades and blinds positioned the same way when you are there as when you aren’t so it’s not obvious that you are away.
- Make sure doors are secured with deadbolt locking mechanisms, and place braces in the tracks of sliding glass doors so they can’t be slid open.
- Place sturdy locks and/or pins on all windows.
- Put timers on several lights and appliances such as a radio or television to help provide a lived-in look.
- Put a stop on your mail at the post office, put newspaper delivery on hold, or have a trusted neighbor collect these items daily so they don’t pile up in front of the house, broadcasting the fact that you are not there to pick them up
- Provide a trusted friend with contact information for you so you can be reached in the event of an emergency
- Install motion sensors on outside lights so they will illuminate any would-be intruders who attempt to approach under cover of darkness.
- Contact the local police department and let them know when you will be leaving and returning so they can help keep an eye on the place in your absence.
Contact your professional insurance agent to make sure that vacant home insurance in Florida is part of your comprehensive coverage so that you can depart and focus on the trip ahead of you, rather than worry about the empty house you left behind.