If you are heading somewhere warm over the winter months, now is the time to make preparations for your home. While you are away, you want peace of mind that your home is protected from potential threats and damage. Here are four ways to prepare your home before leaving for winter.

1. Make it Appear as Though You’re Still Home

People will be less likely to bother your home if they think someone is there. Have your mail forwarded to your winter home or held by the post office. Set timers on lights and TVs so they come on at random times throughout the day. You could even have a neighbor park a car in your driveway periodically.

2. Protect Your Valuables

If someone does attempt to break into your home, take steps to keep them from stealing your valuables. Make sure that you activate your alarm system and secure all of your doors and windows. You should also store any of your valuable belongings in a safe or take them with you when you leave.

3. Turn off Your Water Supply

As the weather gets cold, water pipes can freeze and burst. Depending on your heating system and how well it keeps your pipes warm, you might consider shutting off your home’s water supply while you are away. This will avoid the damage that comes with a burst pipe.

When you turn off your water supply, make sure all the water has been drained from your faucets and put antifreeze in your toilets. It is a good idea to consult with a plumber when doing this process.

4. Be Ready for Emergencies When You Prepare Your Home Before Leaving For Winter

While you’re away, there’s always a chance that your home could experience an emergency. Alert law enforcement officials and trusted neighbors that your home will be unoccupied.

Test your fire alarm before you leave and possibly install one that will alert the fire department to danger automatically. The best option is to hire a house watching service that will send a home inspector regularly to check on the systems in the home. This is especially useful after a winter storm to ensure your property is safe and sound.

Enjoy your winter escape without worrying about your home the entire time. Follow these steps to prepare your home before leaving for winter so you can return to your home how you left it.

Peconic Home Inspections offers home inspection services and home watch services to Long Island. Contact us to schedule our services.