- Take a photo inventory of every room in your home.
- Take a photo or video of every wall and closet in every room of your home to show the contents of each room/closet.
- Make duplicate copies of the photos/videos and store them offsite.
- If you ever need to make an insurance claim, having photographic evidence may make the claim process less stressful.
- When photographing jewellery or collectibles, use a ruler to show the item's size.
- Your house address numbers must be posted in front of your home.
- If you have a rear lane, also post your house address numbers on the rear of your home.
- If emergency personnel are coming to your home, they need to see the address very quickly.
- Your house address numbers must be easily read from the street (and rear lane).
- Must be well-lit at night.
- House address numbers must be high contrast: dark numbers on a light background or light numbers on a dark background.
- Do not use brass or other shiny metals as they are not visible at night.
- If you live in a townhouse complex, make sure your unit number is posted prominently on your unit and that clear, concise directions to all units are posted at all entrances to your complex.
- Check your home insurance policy before you go on vacation. Some insurance providers do not cover losses unless someone checks your home on a regular basis.
- Don't let mail or newspapers pile up, have a trusted neighbour collect them.
- Set timers to your lights to help make your home look occupied.
- In the summer, arrange to have the yard maintained, in the winter, have the snow shovelled.
- Wait until you return home to post your vacation photos on Facebook, your blog or Twitter account.
- Never hide or store spare keys outside your home. Criminals know where to look!
- Have your computer CPUs bolted to the desk or floor. Store computer backups in a different location from the computer.
- Change locks upon moving into a new residence. Make sure all house keys are accounted for.
- Have a non-traditional hiding place or Safety Deposit Box for valuables.
- If you have a pet entrance, make sure it is not accessible to people.
- Post all emergency and neighbours telephone numbers by the phone.