It’s true, there’s no place like home. When you’ve been out travelling for a while, it can be very exciting to return to your own home and sleep in your own bed. When coming back from a vacation, you should be relaxed, not worried about whether or not your home and your belongings are safe when you return. There are a few things that you can do before travelling to protect your home while you’re away, so you can have peace of mind to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. 

Install A Home Security System 
When they’re out travelling, many Canadian homeowners rely on a home security system to protect their homes and belongings. With smart home technology, it’s never been easier to install and maintain a security system in your home. Security systems are the first line of defence for potential break-ins and robberies and will contact both you and the police if an incident occurs. 

Ask A Friend To Stop By 
A great way to help give off the illusion that you’re still at home is to have a friend stop by once every day or so. Footprints in the snow, a car in the driveway, lights turning on and off, and mail being picked up are a great deterrent for potential home invaders, plus it keeps your home from being overrun with flyers and mail for when you get back. 

Set A Timer On Electronics 
If you don’t have a friend to stop by your home daily, another great way to protect your home while you’re off travelling is to set a timer on electronics. Most televisions, radios, and even lighting can be programmed to turn on at a certain time during the evening, giving the illusion that your home is full of life. 

Keep Vacation Plans Away From Social Media 
It can be very tempting to post on social media about the trip you’re excited to go on, showing your friends and family the resort you plan on staying at or the day your flight takes off. However, we suggest that you leave posting about your vacation for when you arrive back home. You never know who may be watching your profile, so it’s always best to post your vacation photos after the fact to ensure no one gets the idea that your home has been left unattended. 

Lock Up Your Valuables 
Being prepared with deterrents and security is a great plan to protect your home while you’re travelling. But just in case all else fails, it’s a good idea to lock up your valuables in a safe or fireproof box. This includes any spare cash, jewelry, heirloom items, and sentimental items. Proper storage for your valuables is your second line of defence while you’re on vacation. 

Invest In A Home Protection Plan 
Even the most well-planned home security methods can fall short, which is why for complete peace of mind and complete coverage, it’s vital that you invest in a home protection plan. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is in partnership with ZuccoraHome to provide affordable and wide-coverage home protection plans. These plans cover home furnishing, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and electrical systems in case of damage, loss or theft. This means that if your home is tampered with or broken into while you’re on vacation, you’re not paying out of pocket for replacement items. Plus, when you sign up for a ZuccoraHome protection plan, you have the opportunity to earn up to 5,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.1

For peace of mind while you’re travelling, invest in a home protection plan. 
Get a quote for ZucoraHome’s Smarter Living Plan today! 

1 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points offer may change without notice. All Hudson’s Bay Rewards points will be awarded within four to six weeks.