Each winter thousands of snowbirds head south to avoid the harsh winter months, leaving for extended periods of time. If this pertains to you, you’re going to want to ensure your home is protected.
Are you planning on heading to a warmer climate this winter? If you’re a snowbird en route for an extended vacation, it’s important to protect your home and advise your broker.
10 Ways Snowbirds Can Protect Their Home This Winter
- Suspend your telephone, cable and internet service for the months you are away from your home.
- Ensure you have a monitoring alarm system, protecting your home.
- Be sure to winterize your home by cleaning your gutters, having your roof inspected and furnace checked. It's important that your home can handle harsh winter weather.
- It is important that you do not publicize your vacation, for example, do not post your travel plans on social media.
- Hire someone to clear snow from your driveway and sidewalk after each snowfall.
- Arrange to have someone visit your home every three days to ensure no issues arise, also, have them collect any junk mail or flyers from your front door.
- Cancel any regular deliveries (i.e. newspaper) and forward your mail.
- If you have any valuables in your home, store them in a safety deposit box.
- Unplug all unnecessary electronics and appliances throughout your home (including garage, outdoor, basement, etc.)
- Be sure to install timers on indoor and outdoor lights.
If you’re traveling south this winter make sure you protect your home. We wish you a very safe and enjoyable time!
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