10 Tips to Remember Before Leaving for Winter Vacation

Before leaving on that great winter vacation, here are some helpful tips to assure that you return home to a safe and secure home.

  • Arrange for someone to plow or shovel so your house appears occupied
  • Turn the thermostat down to 60 degrees and leave interior doors open to circulate air
  • Put lights on auto-timers and consider outdoor motion detectors
  • Lock your doors and windows
  • Suspend newspaper and mail delivery
  • Purge the refrigerator of perishables, run the disposal and take the trash out.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your place and leave a key with someone
  • Run a computer back-up and then turn your computer off
  • Address maintenance issues so they don't snowball while you are gone
  • Conduct a home inventory and make sure your insurance policies are up-to-date

We thank the Hanover Insurance Company for their tips.