Festive Season Checklist

Festive Season Checklist

It’s that time of year again, when we head off for family visits or that well-deserved annual holiday. With a little forward planning, your home and personal property will be safe and secure for your return.

CHECKLIST

  1. Check all taps and laundry hoses for leaks and turn them off, if appropriate;
  2. Store your valuables in a safety deposit box;
  3. Move valuable items out of view and if possible, close curtains and/or blinds;
  4. Use an automatic timer for lamps or lights which are visible from outside the house. This makes it seem as though there is someone at home;
  5. Securely park and lock your vehicle, ensuring there are no valuables on display;
  6. Ask a friend/family member/neighbour to collect your mail or contact Australia Post to ‘hold’ your mail;
  7. Cancel any newspaper or magazine deliveries;
  8. Inform trusted neighbours of your travel arrangements and they may put out (and return) your rubbish bins;
  9. Clear your gutters;
  10. Mow and tidy lawns and gardens;
  11. Shut, lock and bolt all external doors and windows;
  12. Cut down any overhanging branches surrounding the property;
  13. Turn on your alarm – notify the Security Monitoring Company of your travel arrangements and provide an alternative contact, if appropriate;
  14. Check locks on all outside gates, garden shed etc;
  15. Make sure your Insurance is up-to-date and check on acceptable un-occupancy periods with the Insurer; and
  16. Prepare a list of emergency contacts to take on your holiday, including the details of your Insurance.

We wish you and your family a safe and merry Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.