When heading on holiday, it can often seem like there are a thousand things on your to-do list. From booking hotels and flights to packing, and finishing up last-minute projects at work before switching the Out of Office on, it can be hard to keep track of it all. While you’re preparing yourself or your family for your holiday, it’s also important to consider how you prepare your home for your holiday. It may seem a simple thing to lock up and leave, but an empty home can cause a host of problems. Consider implementing a few of these strategies to keep your home safe and sound.
It’s Like You Never Left
You are excited about your holiday and that’s a good thing. But sharing the details of your holiday isn’t. The more people who you tell about your holiday, the more people will know that your home is vulnerable. I’m not saying that your co-workers or your neighbour are going to break-in. But you don’t want to post all the details all over social media. Even with good security settings, it wouldn’t be too hard for someone to find out information you don’t want them to have. To help your home appear lived in, you could arrange for someone to come pick up your mail and consider asking a neighbour to occasionally park in your driveway.
Lights Shine Bright
Lights are one of the best deterrents to someone who wants to break into your home. If it looks like someone is home, criminals are likely to move on. Having a well-lit exterior makes it easier for your neighbours to spot any suspicious activity as well. If you don’t want to set your lights on a timer, consider asking someone to house-sit or to come over and check on things every once in a while.
Expect the Unexpected
Not every problem comes from someone breaking in. There are plenty of problems that can’t be foreseen that can do a lot of damage to your home. If you are going to be gone for an extended amount of time, unplug any major appliances that you want to protect. If there is a power surge while you are gone, you don’t want to come back and find everything fried and this will also help you save on your power bill. If you are travelling in the winter, it may be tempting to turn the heat down to save on your bills, but don’t turn it too low. If your pipes freeze, they may burst and cause a flood. Make sure that your smoke detectors are working and that you have the proper flood sensors. Many of these alarms can be monitored remotely, allowing you to alert someone if there is a disaster in your home. These problems need a quick response, which there won’t be if you don’t know what is happening.
Smile for the Camera
Security cameras have been proven to change the mind of a potential burglar more than anything else. They may have decided that it is worth the risk to break in, despite the appearance of someone being there, but once they see that they might be caught on camera, they turn tail and run. No one wants evidence of their wrong-doing to be recorded and used against them. Like alarms, most cameras also have a remote monitoring feature that will allow you to check on your home whenever you want to so you can make sure that everything is going okay.
One Final Check
You want to get on your way as soon as you can, but don’t forget to check everything one last time before you take off. Make sure that all your windows and doors are locked and that your security system is armed. If you are setting timers for your lights, make sure the timers are properly set and that they are working properly. Double check with anyone who will be coming over while you are gone to check on your home and make sure they are still good to come. Once you’ve made these last checks, you will be able to leave for your holiday without worrying about what will happen to your home.