How to keep your home safe when you go on holiday
What do John Terry, Paris Hilton, Kendall Jenner and Simon Cowell have in common? (Apart from being millionaires?!). Sadly, they’ve all their homes have been broken into and their possessions stolen.
We definitely don’t want that to happen to any of our clients, so don’t worry, we’re here to help.
As holiday season is fast approaching, we wanted to share some of the best ways to protect your home while you’re away.
We all love being smug on holiday and making our friends super jealous by posting pictures of beaches, activities and amazing food on our social media profiles.
But this just publicises that your home is empty and could be viewed by strangers. This happened to John Terry when he posted pictures of his skiing holiday on Instagram and thousands of pounds of jewellery was taken from his home.
So learn from the celebs, just leave the #holiday posts until you’re home and enjoy soaking up the sun.
Leave a key…
…Not in a flowerpot or under the mat, as that’s just something they do in the movies!
Leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour, friend or relative so they can keep a close eye on your home. They’ll then be able to pick up any post lying on your doormat to make the house look occupied and gain access should anything go wrong.
Close, lock and double check
A recent statistic shows that 1 in 4 people don’t know when they are putting their home at risk. Did you know that by leaving a window open when leaving your property means your claim wouldn’t be accepted if you were burgled?
Make sure you do a quick sweep round of your home to check (and double check!) all your windows and doors are closed and locked. Don’t forget any garages, gates and outhouses too!
Hide your valuables
Make your most treasured and valuable items hard to find and difficult to remove, the loft, attic or a safe is best.
So grab your car keys, laptops, watches and jewellery and keep them somewhere safe!
Buildings and contents insurance is also another way to protect your home and our award-winning General Insurance Team, will be able to help find the most suitable cover for you.
This year we were named as ‘Best Broker for General Insurance’ at the Mortgage Strategy Awards, which means we’re the best broker nationally for buildings and contents insurance. So you can be sure you’ll be in safe hands.
We don’t charge any fees, ever.