As the world opens back up, many Canadian retirees will return to winter havens south of the border. Why spend the winter shoveling when you can spend it with your toes in the sand? If you’re planning an extended trip away from your home, be sure to protect yourself, your home and your belongings. Here are a few things to do before you hit the beach:
Keep eyes on your home. Have a friend or neighbour stop by periodically to collect your mail, shovel your driveway and move your vehicle from time to time. If possible, have someone house-sit while you’re gone.
Prevent water damage. After you’ve spent the winter relaxing, the last thing you want is to come home to a burst pipe. Turn off the water and shut off the electrical supply to your hot water tank. If there is a leak or a burst pipe, this will minimize any potential damage. These actions will only take a few minutes, but they can prevent significant damage.
Review your coverage. If there are any gaps, insurance agents will help you fill them in. Especially since the pandemic, being sure you have the correct coverage for illness, medical emergencies etc. is key.
Taking a few simple steps before you escape for the winter will help you enjoy the sun and sand with peace of mind.