Whether you’re packing up the car and heading out for the weekend or grabbing your passport and jet setting for the month, it is important to remember the home, condo, or apartment you are leaving behind. Here are 8 tips to help protect your home while you are away:
- Appoint a House Sitter: The best thing you can do for your home, especially if you are leaving it for a longer period of time, is enlist a trusted friend or relative to move in for the time being. This way, your home will still be “lived in” while you are gone. The many benefits of having a house sitter range from watering your plants and feeding your pets to taking out your garbage and ensuring your pipes don’t burst while you’re away.
- Ask a Neighbor: If you are gone for a shorter period of time and have a friendly neighbor next door or down the block, ask for their help. Alerting neighbors that you will be gone for a period of time and asking them to keep an eye on your home can help evade problems or disasters from happening without your knowledge. Just be sure to give them your contact information and perhaps a spare key in case anything goes wrong.
- Post with Caution: Before and during your getaway, it is wise to think twice when it comes to posting on social media. Avoid detailed postings that can let everyone and anyone know exactly how long you are gone or when you are coming back.
- Leave the Curtains: While some think it is best to close curtains while you’re on holiday, it is actually wise to keep these open as closed curtains 24-7 can be a dead giveaway to burglars. Closing your curtains also will prevent neighbors or friends from being able to peek inside your home while checking on it.
- Use Timed Lighting: Another giveaway besides ‘round the clock closed curtains is ’round the clock lighting. Contrary to what people believe, leaving lights on in your home while you’re away is not only a cue for robbers, but it is also bad for your electric bill. If you are someone who likes to travel a lot and doesn’t have a regular home sitter, investing in timed lighting is a good idea.
- Unplug: Before you head out for the weekend or the month, make sure to unplug all electronics including your TV, computer, coffee maker, etc. Even turned off, these appliances can still use power and cost you extra money.
- Lock Up: While it may seem obvious to lock all of your doors and windows before leaving for vacation, it is an easy task to forget. Before you go, double check all doors and windows to ensure your home will be safe and protected while you are away.
- Install Extra Security: If you can describe yourself as a frequent traveler, installing extra security features in your home to prevent the unknown tragedy is a good idea. Adding a home security system or even extra timed exterior lighting can help put your mind at ease while you are away and increase chances that your home will be in the same condition as when you left it.
Coming home from a fabulous vacation or fun filled trip can be disheartening enough. Avoid making matters worse by returning to a devastating problem at home by taking these preventative measures before your next excursion!