I have two words for you: polar vortex. Too soon? What about the follow-up melt-plus-ice-storm THEN topped off by a winter advisory blizzard? 

The record-setting cold snap that graced the Midwest a few weeks ago isn't too far out of our memory. For many, it meant extra days at home with school-less kids and hunkering down to wait out the 40-below temps. For an unfortunate set of others, it meant home repairs and issues concerning HVAC systems, plumbing, and gas. If you're planning on heading someplace tropical and lovely this month for spring break, don't forget about protecting your home against invasion and nasty weather alike.


1. Install a Home Monitoring System 

Whether you install video monitoring or touch-pad security, protecting your home is priceless when it comes to peace of mind. You can receive alerts direct to your phone, tablet, or smartwatch that notifies you if anything is amiss or alarming and needs attention. Sensors in your home can detect if a door or window is opened.

If your system includes video monitoring, you can directly respond to your notifications by accessing your camera feed on your property and in your home to see what's happening in real-time. 

2. Consider How You Share Info Online

GettyImages-AVX_WinterTech_2.19_820873998Have you checked into airports on social media or shared Bon Voyage! images of yourself and family escaping Minnesota for the sunshine?

We all have and it's fun to do that. However, there's an increasing phenomenon regarding home invasions using social media to tip off thieves to your home's vacancy. Unless you have a house sitter or a pack of menacing guard dogs left behind in your absence, play it safe by waiting to post your vacation highlight reel until you safely return to your home, sweet home.

3. Entrust the Village

Technology can address a lot of things, but there's no replacement for humanity. You should let your neighbor or neighbors know your plans for vacation or traveling. There's additional peace of mind built into knowing someone's got your back - and your precious property - when you're away. They can keep tabs on anything out of the ordinary and offer additional resources for covering the basics like getting the mail, snow removal, or monitoring deliveries or garbage and recycling drops. 

4. And Finally ... Don't Forget the SPF

Turns out there is such thing as too much sunshine. 

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Published on Mar 6, 2019 9:13:00 AM

Topics: Safety, Residential
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