those Wildwood days!
vacation means fun in the sun somewhere other than your
it’s also prime time for burglars prowling the
streets, looking for houses whose owners are out of town
course, that isn’t the only thing vacationing
homeowners have to worry about. Did you know that 49
percent of all lightning insurance claims and more than
one-third of claims filed for hail damage each year are
made during summer months?
what Farmers Insurance says, anyway, and it suggests
some things you can do to avoid unpleasant surprises on
your return from that glorious week in Wildwood, or
Ocean City, or Cape May:
anything that doesn’t need to stay plugged in,
including televisions and computers.
a friend or neighbor to stop by the house randomly (to
avoid a pattern or anticipated time) to remove boxes
from the doorstep, check the mail, and take notices and
fliers from the door.
shutting off the water to your washing machine,
dishwasher, and toilets if you’re going to be away
from the house for an extended period of time. This can
help prevent nasty, and potentially expensive, shocks
when you return.
can also install wireless leak sensors in flood-prone
areas like your basement, laundry room, or bathroom, to
notify you of leaks before significant damage is done.
expensive and irreplaceable items such as old family
photos, artwork, electronics, and stamp collections off
the ground in case of water damage. Store them up on
shelves and/or in waterproof containers.
you have outdoor furniture, bring glass tables, chairs,
and umbrellas inside to avoid wind/storm damage to yard
items or the exterior of your home.
posting on social media while away on vacation. If the
temptation to post is unavoidable, ensure that all
possible security measures are in place on all social
smart-home technology means that electronics and lights
can be controlled remotely, often through an app.
Schedule random timers for lights throughout the home,
to deter burglars and vandals.