The Precautions You May Not Think of Before Vacation
Going on vacation? Maybe you bought a trip to Bangkok or London, or perhaps you're doing a tour of Civil War sites in the South.
While the chances of you being affected by violence on vacation are typically low, there are other risks that you need to consider: like an unexpected problem at home - such as a plumbing leak - when you are thousands of miles away, having valuables stolen, injuring yourself in a scooter crash or having your personal data hijacked.
Although the idea of taking a vacation is to leave your everyday life behind for a while, if you fail to take certain actions ahead of time, you could end up being hit with a nasty surprise. These are some of the precautions you can take:
Batten the hatches
If you think burglary is the biggest risk to your unoccupied home when you are away, you will be surprised to know that according to the Insurance Information Institute, the average post-vacation burglary claim is for $3,990, while the average loss cost for water-related damage is more than $8,800.
While you may think that a small leak can't cause much damage, it can if left unattended. While a leak when you are at home may go undetected for a day or two, if nobody is home at all it can cause serious damage since nobody is there to stop it.
The time between when a leak occurs and when it's discovered directly impacts the severity (and cost) of water damage.
Here's what you could do:
Turn off your main water supply before traveling.
Check for any leaks prior to departure.
Ask a neighbor you trust or a relative to check on your home every few days (they can also grab your mail and put it inside).
Consider installing a water shut-off device, if you don't already have one. If you do have one, replace all batteries and set the device to "away mode" before leaving.
While you may be tempted to share your vacation photos live or the same day you take them on Facebook or Instagram, there is a chance this can tip off would-be thieves that your home is unattended. If you are sharing, make sure you have your Facebook privacy settings to friends and family only, and consider postponing uploads to the more open Instagram.
Also, don't use the "check-in" function or hashtags, as doing so can alert local thieves…