How to keep your home safe while you’re on holiday
When you leave on your end-of-year holiday, you can take some precautions to avoid a nasty surprise on your return. Shehnaz Somers, the head of personal lines underwriting at Santam, offers the following advice to help keep your home safe while you’re on holiday:
Don’t tell the world (on Facebook or Twitter) when you’re going away and how long you’ll be gone for. It’s not only your friends who may be interested in this information.
Leave a spare set of house keys with someone you trust (don’t leave the keys outside under a flowerpot or in the post box). Also give this person details of your flights, contact numbers, itinerary and your travel insurance documents.
Except for the fridge and freezer, unplug all electrical appliances to prevent the possibility of fire. Turning off your geyser will save you electricity.
If your geyser is older than three years, get a plumber to check it before you go.
Consider installing a timer switch if you can’t find someone to come in and switch your lights off in the mornings and on in the evenings.
Review the terms of your household insurance to make sure you are fully covered in the event of a burglary or an accident.
If you can’t arrange for a friend or neighbour to empty your post box every day, ask your post office to hold your mail while you are away.