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