Living in New Jersey, I know everyone must know at least one person living the snowbird lifestyle. (Unfortunately that is not me.) I'm referring to those that are originally New Jersey residents who escape all of the winter blues and head to Florida for a few months out of the year.
If you yourself fall into this category then here are a few tips to help you keep your New Jersey home safe and sound while you are enjoying the sun.
1. Winterize Plumbing:
This involves turning off the water supply and draining the pipes from the faucets leaving them bone dry. If unfamiliar with the process contact a plumber, they can also blow compressed air. Almost 1 in every 4 homeowners insurance claim is related to water usually as a result of low temperatures causing freezing pipes.
Have roof inspected for any wearing or damage. Typically roofs are only designed to last for 20 years.
Have fuel tanks filled. Keep interior temperature around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Turn off gas line to reduce risk of fire.
Make sure all landscaping is tailored to reduce the risk of coming in contact with your home and creating damage. Clean gutters to prevent buildup and flow occlusions during snowfall.
6. Phone a Friend:
Have a friend come by to check that everything is okay at your home. You can also have them pick up the mail for you to reduce the chance of a break-in.
Review homeowners insurance policy to make sure no updates or extra coverage is needed.
8. Snow Removal:
Arrange for someone to come after snowfall to keep walkways free of snow and ice.
Consider installing motion sensor exterior lights and timed interior lights to make your home appear occupied and unattractive to prowlers.
Unplug all unnecessary appliances and electronics.