How to protect your home while you’re on vacation.

Whether you’re road-tripping to a neighboring city or relaxing for a week in the Caribbean, protect your home by following this quick checklist. (Keep in mind that with short trips, you might skip some of these to-do’s.)

Security to-do’s
• Set a timer to turn exterior and interior lights on and off when you normally would, or use a mobile app to control lights remotely.
Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries.
• Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and, if necessary, bring your recycling and garbage cans to and from the curb on pickup day.
• Hide and/or lock up valuables, like jewelry.
• Inform your security system provider and local police of your travel dates, so they can take extra steps to protect your home, if necessary.
• Don’t share your travel plans on social media sites.

Preventive to-do’s
• Turn off the water supply to your washing machine, sinks and toilets, or consider installing a system that will shut off water where it detects a leak.
• Unplug electronics and appliances, or use a mobile app to control appliances remotely.
• If freezing weather is a possibility: Clear gutters and downspouts, remove garden hoses from exterior faucets and open cabinet doors under sinks to keep your pipes warm.

Now go enjoy your trip!

This information may vary based on your particular state or situation. Always refer to your insurance policy for your specific coverages. Original article appeared on the Progressive Insurance website.

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