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Quick Tips to Prepare for Your Summer Vacation

Quick Tips to Prepare for Your Summer Vacation
Are you planning a summer vacation? Taking the time to be prepared for a summer getaway can save you time, money and frustration. 

Here are a few helpful tips for you: 

  1. Renting a car? Be sure to speak to your insurance professional to determine if you require the extra insurance offered by the rental agency. 
  2. Don’t post your travel plans or picture updates on social media sites. Wait to post your photos and adventures upon your return. 
  3. Ask a trusted neighbour or relative to pick up your mail and newspaper, take out and bring in trash and recycle while you’re away. It only takes a few days for a home to appear empty. 
  4. Hire a lawn service to maintain your yard. Not only will your home look well cared for, you'll have less yard work to do upon your return. 
  5. Unplug computers and other devices before leaving in case of electrical surges.
  6. Before leaving, set your home’s thermostat to 76 – 78 degrees to keep humidity in the home low and cool enough for houseplants. 
  7. Check that your sump pump is working and the battery backup is charged in the event of a power outage. 
  8. If driving on your vacation getaway, have your car serviced well in advance of your departure date – just in case there are serious problems, you’ll have time to fix it or make other arrangements. 
  9. If you're renting a home owner-run vacation home, do a quick video of the property upon your arrival and when you depart, in the event of a damage dispute. 
  10. If you’re travelling out of province, even the government of Ontario strongly recommends travel insurance - be sure your travel medical insurance is up to date. 

We wish you many memories and safe travels – you deserve it! Enjoy!