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Take care of your home while you are travelling…

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Mar 2010

I don’t want to spend one moment worrying about anything at home while I’m on vacation – not about the house, the plants, or whether I left something on that I shouldn’t have, or if there are pending bills to be cleared, exclaims Shuba, a HR professional, who lives on her own in the city. “Peace of mind guaranteed only when the home is cared for” is her motto.

Like Shuba, there are many others who enjoy travelling but don’t- out of fear or worry. India still does not have the concept of house sitters, we need to rely on friends or family to hold fort when we are away. Upon speaking to a few professionals and travel enthusiasts, we came up with these pointers on how to protect our homes.

Starting with your daily newspaper, keeping everyone posted is a must. I get nightmares when I think of all the “We tried to deliver, but you weren’t there” notices, the bundles of unclaimed mail, and parcels, shudders Gokul, a Marketing executive who travels often for long periods of time. Not to forget, organize for automatic online clearance of pending bills and other dues.

While we take care of small details, we sometimes tend of overlook the big pictures – our home and car. Therefore, having a good home content insurance in place, one that covers the valuables and expensive appliances in the house saves many a panic attack. Just like Travel insurance is part of travel planning, this is the gold ticket that ensures you have a peaceful holiday, adds Ravi, Proprietor of an online job portal. Similarly, if you are leaving your car behind, unattended, it will be wise to keep your car insurance active. Why take the chance!

For those who are paranoid about the safety aspect, it’s about time you installed a security alarm, and keep it turned on while you are away, points out Sumit, who works at a leading Security alarm company.

The most important thing according to Gokul is “Do not announce to the world that you are going to be away, especially updating status on networking sites. You are only inviting trouble.”

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