When you set out this year for your family vacation, knowing how to keep your home safe while you travel is important. Nobody wants to worry about the safety of their belongings while they are on the road, nor do they want to come home to damage or loss of property. There are some great basic tips to keeping your home safe while you travel whether for a day or a month.
How To Keep Your Home Safe While You Travel
Install an alarm. If you don’t already have an alarm installed in your home, you may want to consider doing so before you had out on an extended vacation. There are a multitude of local or national companies that have low install fees and monthly plans that will keep you protected and secure while you are away from home.
Set your lights on timers. There are some great easy switches to install that allow you to set your lights on timers within your home. Your night lights, over stove lights, hall lights or even lamps can all be set on timers to turn on at different times so it looks like there is someone home while you are away.
Hire someone to get your mail and newspaper every day. You can call the local post office and have your mail held until you get back to town, but you may need to have a neighbor or friend stop by to pick up your newspaper. Newspapers left out in the driveway all week are an obvious sign that nobody is home.
Let the neighborhood watch know you’ll be out of town. If you live in a gated community let the local police know that you will be out of town. If you live in a neighborhood with a neighborhood watch program, give your neighbors a call and let them know that you will be gone. Also make sure the know should you have a house or pet sitter coming and going throughout the week.
Hire a house sitter. This is something that most only do if they have pets to care for, but can be handy if you are worried about potential of crime while you are away from home. Hiring a house sitter to come stay in your home while you are away is one of the most common ways t keep your home safe while you travel.
Have someone move your car around your driveway. If you normally have a car parked in your drive in the evenings, have someone come by to move your car to a new place each day so it looks like someone is still at home.
Avoid posting information about your travels on social media. While we love checking in at various places during our travels, it may be best to avoid posting information about your travels on social media. While you hope your friends are trustworthy, you never know who may be able to read your status and plan nefarious things while you are away from home.
What other home safety tips can you add?
Keeping your home safe while you travel is all about planing ahead. These are simple tips anyone can follow alongside making sure your valuables are in safes, safety deposit boxes or properly stored. Your home shouldn’t even be a concern while you are enjoying your family vacation this year.