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Planning a Winter Vacay? Here’s What You Need to Know

 21st Dec, 2017

Well, its that time of the year again. The winter chill is getting to the best of us. While some folks decide to bundle up and endure it, many more opt to escape to warmer destinations. Should you decide the latter, here are a few tips to bear in mind:

  • Never advertise on social media channels that you will be out of town for a long period.
  • Unplug all unnecessary electrical devices
  • Clean out the fridge, sinks and garbage disposal bins
  • Set the heater to a temperature setting of 55° F or higher, depending on whether you are leaving pets or house plants behind
  • Consult with a professional to determine whether it is safe to turn off the water supply. Additionally, you could drain all the pipes and empty the flush tanks as well.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked
  • Use timer on lights and program your outdoor lights to switch on at dusk and switch off automatically at dawn
  • Ensure your alarm systems are updated
  • Invest in smart security systems and gadgets like motion sensors for your home that can offer an extra level of security and control while you are away.
  • Take steps to forward your mails and stop newspaper delivery during the extend of your trip
  • Enlist a friend or relative to check in occasionally, and remove snow, flyers delivered to your door, or anything else that can potentially tip off your absence to others.