6 Ways To Protect Your Home During Travel
Your vacation is within eyesight and the packing is likely being sabotaged by all the cute little rascals you call children. With so much going on, protecting your home while vacationing should be at the top of your list. So where do you start? The following suggestions may seem like common sense, but you might be surprised at how one simple task can make or break the safety of your home.
1. Have a Trusted Ally
A trusted neighbor is like a good security system. They keep an eye on your house when you are away and can inform you or the authorities (if necessary) should they see anything suspicious. Get a second pair of eyes by hiring a trusted neighbor kid to feed your pets, water your plants, or even shovel your driveway if it snows. These trusted allies will help keep potential burglars far away by giving the appearance that someone is home.
2. Don’t Publicize your Vacation
Social media is a great way to keep a journal and stay in contact with others. However, it is never a good idea to share online that your house is going to be vacant for any period of time. That means resisting the urge to post trip countdowns and waiting to post pictures until after you return. Avoid displaying openly that you will be away. If you do, it is like waving a sign around saying “My house is empty, take what you want!”
3. Lights on or off?
Lights often are a sign that people are home, but if they are on 24/7 you might be welcomed home with a large electricity bill. A great option would be to install an automatic sensor or timer that will only turn on when you want it to or when there is movement around the house. If this isn’t an option for you, ask that trusted ally of yours to keep track of the lights. This keeps the electricity bill down and makes it look like someone is home.
4. Stop the Deliveries
Whether it’s mail, packages, newspaper subscriptions, etc., let your local post office know so they can hold your mail. This ensures that no one has access to personal information or sees mail stacking up giving away your absence. You can have it held for pickup or schedule it to be delivered on the day of your return.
5. Lock it up, up, up!
Doors and windows can give access to your valuables so be sure to lock them all! Do not leave spare keys under the obvious like front door mats or flower pots. Instead, leave it with a family member or trusted neighbor while you are away.
6. House sitter
Sitters aren’t just for pets or children. If you are going to be gone for a long time or are just really concerned about protecting your home, consider finding a house sitter. This could be your niece, nephew, cousin, or maybe your best friend. If no one is available, give a call to a reputable agency or company and hire someone from there. Be sure to research the company or person before handing over the keys.