Summer Vacation Tips

Vacation season is upon us! Imagine taking the kids to Disney World and returning home to a flooded basement, or even worst a break in. Here at Curran Cooney Penny we don’t want this to happen to you! We have complied a list of tips for you to consider before leaving home for your next vacation.

  • Have a trusted friend or family member stop by daily to pick up any mail, and water your plants
  • Stop your mail. USPS can stop your mail for up to 30 days
  • Lock everything. Before you leave for paradise walk through your home and lock any possible entry point to you home. Ensure that ALL windows, even on the second floor, are locked and that all doors are locked with the deadbolt when applicable
  • Test and check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detector are working
  • Remove all spare keys hidden on the premises and store them away
  • Lock the garage door manually and disconnect the remote
  • If you leave your car in the airport parking lot or in a public parking area, change your home location in your GPS to a nearby restaurant in case your car gets broken into or stolen
  • Stash all your valuables in your safe
  • Keep valuables too large to fit in your safe (i.e. laptops) out of sight
  • Shut off your water main
  • Unplug all non-essential appliances (i.e. coffee maker, TV, computers, lamps, etc.)
  • Install an outdoor sensor light
  • Place security system stickers near your front and back door
  • Simulate human presence with lights on a timer
  • Ask a neighbor to put out your garbage cans and return them, even if they must put a bag of their trash inside the can
  • If you have a lawn maintenance company, don’t cancel your scheduled appointment. If you do not have one, hire someone to keep the lawn maintained in your absence
  • Keep a low profile on social media. Save all your vacation photos for Throwback Thursday when you return home

While you are enjoying your summer adventures, keep in mind that the staff at Curran Cooney and Penny are here to assist you with all your home coverage needs.


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