Taking some time away from your normal routines and seeing the world is a great way to relax and unwind from the everyday stresses you endure. And when you return home, you expect to find your house the same way you left it. But for some people, their vacant home turns out to be the perfect victim for crime or vandalism. So to help ensure that your home is just as safe when you’re away as when you’re home, here are three ways you can keep your home protected when you’re away traveling.
Get An Extra Set Of Eyes
One of the best ways you can ensure that your home is being taken care of with regards to both maintenance and safety is to ask someone to keep an eye on your property. According to Caroline Costello, a contributor to SmarterTravel.com, giving a trusted friend or family member a key to both your home and your car when you’re traveling could be a great way to deter harm or damage to your belongings. Simply by asking someone to bring your mail inside or water your plants will allow your home to appear like someone is still there, which is a big deterrent to burglars. Also, if something breaks or needs fixing in your home, someone will be able to notice this problem before it turns into a catastrophe that you only become aware of much later.
Keep Your Lips Sealed
Although traveling or taking a vacation can be exciting news to share, being too loose lipped about your plans to leave your home could make it vulnerable. For this reason, Dan Scalco, a contributor to the Huffington Post, recommends being discrete about your travels until you’re safely back home. If someone sees on social media that you’re away from your home or overhears you talking about how you’ll be gone for a period of time, your home now becomes a much easier target to violate. Also, if you have a home phone number, don’t inform anyone calling that you’re away from your home and won’t be back for a number of days. Just set your voicemail to say that you’ll return their call when you can.
To make your home appear that someone is still living there even if you aren’t, Laura Gaskill, a contributor to Houzz.com, suggests installing timers throughout your home. By setting things like your lights or appliances on timers, they will turn on and off at normal times during the day as if someone were inside flipping the switch. This makes it harder for an outsider to notice if your home is vacant and will make everything appear that it’s running just like normal.
If you’re worried about keeping your home safe while you’re away traveling, use the tips mentioned above to best protect your property.