Leaving your Minnesota home behind this spring break? The National Association of REALTORS® has compiled a list of tips to keep your home safe while you're on vacation.
Don't advertise your trip
First, do not announce your vacation on your social media channel. Even if you have a secure account, all it takes is one wrong person with your home address and travel schedule to make you a victim of home theft.
Be clever with window treatments and lighting
Next, close your blinds while you are away. If you can, set timers to randomly turn on the kitchen light or the television. Potential thieves may be tricked into thinking you’ve returned early, or that you were never really away.
Ask for help from the neighbors
Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and any other parcels left by the front steps while you are away. Burglars often target homes with a buildup of mail or packages.
Hide the valuables
If a burglar does enter your home while you’re away, he or she will likely be checking for big-ticket items in your room versus your kids' rooms. Protect your valuables by placing them in a room or space that the intruder might overlook.
Insure your goods
Last, are your valuables properly insured? To ensure your home and belongings are fully covered, work with one of our experts at Edina Realty Insurance to secure homeowners insurance.