Here are 10 tips that can help soothe your mind while you are away and let you enjoy your vacation!
The stress of planning a vacation can be overwhelming, but once you are on your trip you do not want to have any worries. A big factor many people overlook is keeping your home safe while you are gone. Here are 10 tips that can help soothe your mind while you are away and let you enjoy your vacation!
- Hiring a House Sitter: Consider hiring a neighbor, family friend, or college student to stay at the house, or simply check up on it a few times a day. Ask them to walk through each room every day that you are gone and check to make sure the sump pump is working too.
- Stop Mail and Newspaper Delivery: Signs of compiling mail and newspapers can show potential thieves that your home is unoccupied.
- Lock up: Thoroughly go through your home and check that all windows and doors are locked before leaving! Put a rod in the track of your sliding glass door, as well.
- Unplug Appliances and Electronics: This will save you money and eliminate a potential safety hazard!
- Install Extra Security: Even if it is just exterior lights! Better yet, put interior and exterior lights on a timer.
- Remove Your Spare Key: You may want to leave it for a friend to check on your home, but this is an easy way in for any criminal. The risk is not worth it!
- Anybody Home? Try to leave your house staged in the same exact way as it would be if you were home. Ask a neighbor to take your garbage cans to the end of the driveway, leave your curtains where they normally would be, etc.
- Don’t Advertise Your Absence: Of course you will let family and friends know, but don’t post on social media!! Share vacation pictures when you return.
- Put Away Valuables: Lock up all valuables that are important to you.
- Secure Your Garage: Lock the door to the house from the garage. Place a lock on the track of the garage to ensure it cannot be opened in any way.
Finally, many police departments provide vacation house checks if you fill out the required paperwork in advance of your departure. An officer will stop by at random times to check your home and contact you to report anything out of the ordinary.