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6 tips for city families moving to your first single family home

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When you’re ready to move to a quieter, less densely populated area, it may be time to pack up and move to the suburbs. Green grass, fresh air, and a more relaxed community are often what you’ll find. But there may also be other differences, including certain risks you’ll need to be prepared for. We can help.


  1. Non-weather-related water losses are the #1 source of property damage.

    Pipes can burst. Appliances can wear out and start leaking. Instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen, take steps to keep your home’s interior safe and dry. Help protect your home and prevent issues from happening in the first place by installing a water shut-off device.

  2. Home security is a must.

    You may be used to the security that comes from living in a high-rise apartment building. When you live in the suburbs, that security is now your responsibility. Prioritise your safety by installing home security and lighting systems.

  3. Single family homes are more vulnerable to weather events and may require planning.

    Stay ahead of weather events by preparing an emergency plan with your family. When you hear about an upcoming weather event, plan ahead by fully charging your electronics, purchasing a back-up generator in case you lose power (and buying proper fuel to run it), keep your windows and doors closed, making sure your mechanical systems (heating, plumbing, and electrical) are in good working condition, and regularly trimming and removing any branches that could break and damage your home or buildings.

  4. Make sure you have the proper tools for outdoor maintenance.

    To keep your home beautiful and functioning well, you’ll need to provide regular maintenance and the right tools for the job including a hose, broom, shovel, ladder, lawnmower and rake.

  5. Preparing for time away from home looks different.

    Before you go away for the weekend or a longer time period, take precautions by unplugging all electronics that don’t need power, and make sure your alarm system is on and working. Consider putting timers on your lights to give the appearance that you’re home, checking that all the windows and doors are locked, and shutting off your water main before heading out, if you plan to be away for more than a couple of days.

  6. Automate your home to make it accessible anywhere in the world.

    With the capabilities of smart phones and Internet of Things (IoT) products, you can control the features of your home even when you aren’t there. Make sure you’re protected with a cyber insurance policy, in addition to a homeowner’s policy, and you’ll be able to travel confidently, without worrying about trouble at home.

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