Protecting your home when you will be away

When you are away from home for a few days, your home becomes a target for all sorts of mischief. It can just be a case of vandalism or it could be a break-in. Neither one is something you want to come home to. Having a home alarm system goes a long way toward giving you peace of mind but there are some simple things you can to do make things safer. At Palm Valley Insurance Inc. in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, we are independent agents who offer clients the benefit of our insurance experience.

Stop your mail delivery

If you are going to be away for more than just a day or two, contact the post office either online or in-person and fill out the Hold Mail form. Nothing says no one is home like a bulging mailbox. 

Stop the newspaper

Not as many people these days get newspaper delivery every day but if you still get your morning paper, put a stop on delivery. Seeing a pile of papers on the front porch sends the wrong message. 

Put lights on timers

Having your lights on timers is a great idea. You should have several lights that go on and off at different times. This makes your home look lived in even when you are away. 

Talk to a neighbor

The best safety measure is still your neighbors and if you have a nosey neighbor, they are ideal. Let them know you are going out of town and ask them to keep an eye on your house. 

Don’t announce your plans

If you are active on social media, don’t announce your plans to be out of town online. Don’t post pictures of you in another town or country and don’t give the dates you will be away. Save it until you return and then post away. 

Ar Palm Valley Insurance Inc. in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL we are here to help you to have the right home insurance. Stop into our office or give us a call for a free quote.