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Going away? Prepare your home first

Going away? Prepare your home first

5 handy tips to help protect your home while you’re away.

1. Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on things

Ask if they can check your home each week. It’s also a good idea to give them a copy of your itinerary and contact details so they can get in touch if anything goes wrong.

2. Make it look like you’re at home

As much as possible, make it appear as though you’re still at home:

  • Cancel deliveries and ask a neighbour to collect your mail and put out your bins once a week.
  • Hire a gardener or ask a friend to mow your lawns.
  • Use a timer switch to turn your lights and appliances on and off.

3. Make life harder for thieves

These steps will make it more difficult for thieves to access your building and belongings:

  • Check your doors and windows to make sure they close and lock securely.
  • Consider installing exterior lights with motion sensors.
  • Don’t leave ladders or toolboxes out in the garden or in an unlocked garden shed.
  • Hide your valuables – or better yet, invest in a home safe.

4. Turn off your appliances

Turn off and unplug appliances like your computer, kettle and TV. You’ll save money and also reduce the risk of an electrical fire.

5. Protect your belongings

It’s a great idea to consider if you have enough insurance, so your belongings are covered if something happens while you’re away – like a fire, storm or theft.


This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. It has been prepared without considering the reader’s objectives, financial situation or needs. They should, before acting on this, consider the appropriateness to their circumstances. CommInsure is a registered business name of Commonwealth Insurance Limited ABN 96 067 524 216 AFSL 235030 (CIL). CIL is a wholly owned non-guaranteed subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124. Where we refer to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our, we mean CIL.