The Easter holiday period has arrived and summer is approaching, so if you are thinking of spending a few days outside and the new health measures allow it, it is important that before closing the door of your house, you verify that your home is safe. Remember that it is estimated that during vacation periods house robberies increase on average 20%. To avoid this, at La Haus we give you some recommendations.
The first recommendation is to have housing insurance, contracted independently of the one that includes your mortgage if you are still paying for your house. The reason is that these insurances have limited coverage and mostly only protect the amount owed. For this reason, we suggest you take out complementary insurance, as a way to guarantee that the protection of your assets really benefits you.
Contrary to what many people think, home insurance is not limited to covering what may happen to your home due to fire, explosion or natural disasters. It also protects household items and contents from theft and domestic accidents. Also, imagine that due to an oversight you left a tap open or some pipe burst while you were vacationing; with insurance, your assets are covered.
Although theft is the main risk that a single house is exposed to, there are other unforeseen events. The Secretariat of Public Security of the Federal District (SSPDF) and the Citizen Council share these actions to prevent crime and return home without surprises:
- Ask a neighbor you trust or a family member to periodically visit the house to verify that there are no incidents. It does not hurt that you see movement at home and some lights on from time to time.
- Keep valuables locked up or in a safe.
- Keep your car keys in a safe place and out of sight.
- Avoid putting on your social networks that you will go on vacation. Share your photos and memories once you are back.
- Lower the volume on your phone and use an answering machine to prevent it from ringing multiple times.
- Install lights that are activated by timers to make you think someone is home.
- Keep the curtains slightly closed and before leaving make sure that valuables are not easily visible from the street.
- Protect your home from electrical mishaps. Unplug all appliances except the refrigerator.
- If you are going away for more than a week, turn off the water. Avoid going back and noticing that a pipe has broken or the hose on the washing machine has failed and the house is flooded.
At La Haus we hope that with these easy practices you will have a carefree rest period and a happy return home.