The whole idea of taking a vacation is to get away from the everyday stresses of life and change the scenery, if only for a temporary amount of time. The last thing you need is to worry about the security of your home while you’re gone.
Just as much as you take the time to book your hotel and plan out your itinerary, you should also make an effort to take certain precautions before you head abroad. Make yourself a checklist of all the things that you should do to ensure your home is safe without you there; doing so will make all the difference in keeping your home and its contents safe while you’re not there to police them. That way, you can focus on having fun on your vacation, and leave your worries behind.
Get Someone to House Sit For You
To keep a close eye on your home while you’re away, consider getting someone to house sit on your behalf. If you’ve got a family member or close friend who is willing to house sit for you while you’re gone, great. If not, ask a neighbor that you trust to keep a close watch on your home, and to contact you if they see anything suspicious.
At the very least, have someone water your plants, gather up your mail, and pick up newspapers that would otherwise pile up at your doorstep. If worse comes to worse – and if you can afford it – you may want to consider professional house sitting services that will cover all aspects of caring for your home while you’re not there to.
Put Your Mail and Newspaper Delivery on Hold
An alternative to having someone pick up your mail and newspapers for you is to simply put these deliveries on hold until you get back. A stack of newspapers is a definite tip-off to shady characters that no one is around, inviting them to target your home for a potential burglary. Call the newspaper delivery service and postal office and request that a hold be placed on your deliveries. You might even be able to do this online depending on where you live.
Make it Look Like Someone’s Home
Potential thieves will hone in on properties that they suspect are presently vacant. When action stops, it’s a sure sign that no one is around. To help make it appear as if someone is home, put your exterior and interior lights on timers so they can be programmed to go on and off at certain intervals. Ask your neighbor to put the trash can by the curb on garbage day and put it away after it’s been picked up. Take the time to ensure that your home looks occupied, even if it’s not.
Keep the Lawn Manicured
Overgrown grass is another sign that homeowners have bailed for a little while. Have a friend or neighbor cut the grass for you while you’re gone (and don’t forget to offer a gift to show your appreciation). Or else, hire a lawn maintenance company to tackle the job for you so that no one suspects that you’re not around.
Don’t Announce Your Departure on Social Media
As excited as you probably are about your vacation, don’t blab about it on Facebook or Twitter until you’re back. Resist the temptation to post photos to your Instagram account every day while you’re gone, and save them for your return. You just never know who is looking at your page, and has bad intentions. The less you post, the less you put your home at risk.
Shut the Water Off
Heaven forbid the pipes under your kitchen sink burst while you’re away – who’s going to be there to shut it off and deal with the situation before it gets out of hand? Anything can happen, so instead of taking that risk, shut the water off altogether before you leave for your much-anticipated holiday.
Install a Security Alarm
If you don’t already have one, consider installing an alarm system before you leave. No matter how simple or in-depth you go, having such a system in place can do wonders to both deter burglars, and alert neighbors and even the authorities that your home has been violated. Not only will this help keep your home safe, it will also help you shave a few bucks off your home insurance bill.
Spend your time away without being burdened by concerns about the safety of your home by taking certain precautions before you go. A little bit of effort to secure your home before you embark on your voyage can go a long way to keeping your home and belongings safe.