Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

You and your family are all set to go on vacation. But, you begin to worry about the safety of your home, even when you do the security basics of locking your doors. How can someone ensure that their home will be safe when they are away on vacation? Check out these tips on keeping your home safe, beyond locking the doors, while you are on vacation.

Hire someone you trust, like a family member or a close friend, to house sit while you are away. If you have someone popping in every once in a while to watch your pet, consider paying them extra to stay at your house while you are gone. This makes it look like someone is home, and if something does happen, someone is there to do something about it.

If you can’t hire someone to stay at your house, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on the house. If they notice something sketchy, they can contact you or call the police.

Don’t post on social media that you are leaving for the weekend or taking a week long trip. This could lure the wrong kinds of people that want to target your house while you are gone.

If you are going to be gone for a long period of time, like a month for example, then stop the mail from coming to your house. If you don’t do this, the mail will stack up near your front door or your mailbox, making it look as if you haven’t been home in a while. Some mail services can hold your mail up to 30 days.

Make sure all appliances are unplugged and all candles are blown out. This will get rid of the possibility of your house catching fire while you are gone. Some appliances to consider unplugging are your coffee pot, television, and hair appliances.

Make sure your front yard looks like it is well kept. This includes your lawn in the summer and shoveling your driveway and sidewalks in the winter. If you will be gone for a while, kindly ask someone to mow your lawn or shovel your driveway for you.

Everyone keeps a spare key somewhere close to their home. Make sure to take in your spare keys when you leave for vacation to get rid of the chance of someone finding it while you are gone.

If you are still concerned about your house when you are away, then consider getting a camera system or security system. Having a camera system showing outside of your house can prevent someone from even attempting to break in. No one wants to be caught in the act of doing something they shouldn’t be doing. Another thing to consider is getting an outdoor light motion sensors. This might scare someone off before attempting to enter your home.

About the Author: Jim is a guest contributor from Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast, a romantic Cape Cod bed and breakfast in Massachusetts. 

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