When it comes to summer holidays, it’s all about location, location, location. A vacation rental is the perfect getaway in the high heat of summer when the sun beats down on your table covers, but you should still be taking the same precautions you would at home. The good news is that staying safe at your home away from home is not nearly as hard as one may believe.
As you begin the booking process for your holiday home, take heed of the security precautions that protect both yourself and the home away from home. After all, in the event of force majeure, it’s important to have some assurances in place.
Vacation renters insurance is a mutually beneficial buffer between vacationer and property owner in the event of a mishap such as accidental property damage or accidents that occur in the home.
Similarly, travel insurance helps to protect against any potential losses of deposits and or fees in the event of trip cancellation, medical emergency, natural disaster, military duty, adverse conditions, or even extension of the school year. Getting in touch with a local claims expert will help you to gauge which type of coverage best suits your needs.
Keeping Up With The Communication
Communication is crucial when it comes to vacation rental safety. Prior to heading out on your holiday be sure to establish clear communication with the landlord or property manager. Building this rapport will ensure that you’ll be comfortable reaching out to them in case of an emergency.
Exchanging phone numbers as well as email addresses makes it easier to reach out directly and eliminate any anxieties that you may have. The landlord may even live nearby (or on the property itself) and be ready to help with any issues that arise.
Likewise, it’s worth your time to set up communication with a house sitter or neighbor back home. Relaying messages such as safety updates and requests to put on the table covers or custom tarps that you forgot to put in place for sun protection while you’re away can help you relax even more.
Crucial Safety Kits
There’s no harm in keeping a few safety measures on hand while on holiday. Making sure you have the right supplies on hand will save you from stress and worry in the long run. And like they say, it’s always better safe than sorry.
When arriving at your rental, check the home for first aid kits and essential emergency items. And don’t hesitate to be in communication with the property managers in the event you don’t have readily available access to any of the following:
First aid kits containing adhesive tape and bandages, aspirin and antihistamines, sterile bandages and roller gauze, finger splints, instant application cold packs, cotton balls and swabs, disposable gloves, safety pins, antiseptic ointment, and hydrogen peroxide.
Emergency kits including, but not limited to, phone numbers for local emergency services, waterproof flashlight and headlamp with extra batteries, waterproof matches, custom tarps, small notepad with waterproof pencil, and emergency space blankets.
Bringing along an inspection checklist is a simple way to ensure your rental is up to par when it comes to safety. Inspecting the ins and outs of your vacation home gives you the peace of mind that everything is in working order before trouble happens.
Begin by inspecting the property’s points of entry and exit. Familiarizing yourself and your family with these spots will be crucial in the unlikely but possible event of an emergency.
Turn on every switch and faucet, making sure utilities are efficient and in working order.
The importance of making note of existing damages cannot be stressed enough. The last thing you’ll want to have to deal with after your holiday is an unfair loss of your deposit or a surprise bill in the mail.
Not Easily Alarmed
Before heading out on your exciting summer holiday, check the rental listing to ensure that your home away from home is properly protected with measures like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as security systems.
It’s a good idea to check these features upon arrival. Most detectors have a test mode for making sure the alarm is in working order. If you find any issues with their functionality, be sure to reach out to the property manager and request a replacement.
Always remember to set the security alarm before heading out on the day’s adventure. It’s unlikely that anything will occur while you’re away, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Use protective measures as well, such as umbrella/parasol covers or grill/barbecue covers for extra safety while you’re out.