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Prep Your Home for Holiday Vacation

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The holiday season is here, and we want to make sure you’re keeping your home safe and secure while you’re away for the festivities.

Check out these tips to keep you prepared!

Avoid Oversharing

If you’re planning to travel, avoid sharing details of your plans online! Sharing details such as where you’re going and when you’re leaving makes you more vulnerable to potential thieves.

Keep Your Neighbors in the Know

If you have a neighbor you trust, ask them to keep an eye on your home for any suspicious activity while you’re away. If it snows, you’ll want them to keep sidewalks and driveways clear and make sure mail and newspaper is picked up routinely.

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Home automation is your friend. Motion sensor lights, smart plug-ins and smart lightbulbs will allow you to maintain the appearance of an occupied home and deter burglars.

Your Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Sneaking Around the Christmas Tree

Although gifts under a beautifully lit tree can be aesthetically pleasing, it’s also a shining beacon to a possible thief. Try to keep your Christmas tree and gifts out of sight from the exterior of your home.

Secure the Package

Shipping delays happen all the time during the holidays – don’t forget to secure the packages that haven’t arrived yet! Consider adding a doorbell cam or other outdoor security to deter thieves.

Inspect Your Christmas Lights

Always check the strands of your lights for frayed chords or cracked lamps before stringing them up on your home or tree. You can replace the lamps, but you’ll want to throw out the ones with frayed strands.

Inspect the Furnace and Chimney

If you haven’t yet, book an inspection with a HVAC professional likeA.B. May or HSA Home Warranty, and make sure your heating-equipment is in tip-top shape.