If you're heading away this summer, plan ahead so you can relax properly. The last thing you want is to come home to a burst waterpipe or burgled home. 

  • Before you leave home, turn off all your water supply and any non-essential appliances at the wall. 
  • Double-check you've locked all your windows and doors and set the alarm if you have one. It's also a good idea to hide valuables out of sight through any windows. 
  • Think about how you can create the impression there's someone still at home. Ask a neighbour to clear your letterbox regularly and put out your rubbish bins. If you have timers on your lights, set these to go on and off at different times during the evening. 
  • If you have a MAS Contents policy, your contents are covered anywhere in New Zealand. Even so, it's a good idea to make sure anything in a roofbox or on a bike rack is properly secure. If in doubt, bring it inside with you if you can. 
  • If you have a holiday home, turn off the power and water when you leave and if you've had tradespeople in since your last stay it's a good idea to change the lockbox number if you have one. 
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