Vacations are top-of-mind this summer, after everyone has been home for more than a year. We're all anxious to stretch our legs, see the sights and travel. Implement a few of these helpful tips for peace of mind on vacation.
Securing Your Home:
• Make sure all your doors and windows – even second-story ones – are locked.
• Add a broomstick or metal rod to the inside track of your sliding glass door.
• Unplug the power to your automatic garage door to prevent access via a universal remote.
• Lock the door between your garage and the interior of your home.
• Make sure your exterior lights are all in working order. Pro-tip: add a timer and/or movement sensor.
• Home security systems are great. Pro-tip: video security systems that you can monitor from your phone are even better.
• Let your close neighbors know that you'll be gone and ask them to keep an eye out. Give them contact information for where you'll be on vacation.
Planning Ahead for Maintenance:
• Hire someone to mow your lawn while you are gone.
• Ask a neighbor to bring your trashcans in while you are gone.
• Ask a neighbor to water your plants and lawn periodically.
How to Make it Seem Like You're Still Home:
• If your blinds or curtains are usually open, leave them that way. (A closed-up look signals no one is home)
• Put a few interior lamps on timers.
• Ask a neighbor to drive your car around the block and park it in a different spot daily.
• Ask a neighbor to collect your mail. If you'll be gone for more than a week, place a vacation hold on your mail with your local post office. Pro-tip: you can also request a vacation hold from FedEx and UPS. Or, if packages are expected, arrange for a neighbor to gather them.
What Not to Do:
• Watch what you post on social media. The best idea is not to post your vacay pics until you've returned. Or, only share photos with your close friend group.
• Don't leave visible valuables in front of open windows. Move that computer.
These are easy steps you can take to make sure your home is safe while you are away on vacation – so you can really relax and enjoy yourself without worrying. After being in your home every day for so long, it's time for you to let go for a few days. Just don't forget to lock up and keep your home safe.
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