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Attention Snowbirds!

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Every winter season, as soon as the temps drop, a large number of “Snowbirds” leave their Minnesota homes for the gentler climates of Arizona.  You may be familiar with this group or may even be lucky enough to be a Snowbird yourself.  The agents at Citizens Agency can now write the insurance for your Arizona seasonal homes, mobile homes, autos and golf carts.

Snowbirds have come up with some practical habits for maintaining the nest left behind. It’s important to have a checklist of items to think about when leaving your home for extending periods of time, making your migration as smooth as possible.

Essential Tips for the Nest Left Behind:

  1. Unplug all electrical appliances, except the fridge.
  2. Turn down thermostats, but not completely off. A good temperature is about 55-60 degrees depending upon where you live.
  3. Secure all water sources: turn off all faucets, make sure drains are clear and turn off the supply valve to toilets and washing machine.
  4. Don’t make your absence obvious – i.e. stop newspaper and mail delivery, use lamp timers and don’t announce it on Facebook.
  5. Forward bills and notify credit card companies so that charges don’t appear suspicious.
  6. Take care of doctor appointments and prescriptions before you go.
  7. Make sure your smoke alarms work and have fresh batteries.
  8. Ask a trusted friend or family member to check on your place periodically.
  9. Make sure your driver’s license and/or passport won’t expire while you’re gone.

By: Jen Eager, Citizens Agency CSR/Insurance Agent

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