The Summer season has homeowners packing their bags for vacations and getaways. If you are planning to take a trip this summer, check out the following tips on how to keep your home safe while you are away. Knowing that your home is safe and sound while you are vacationing will reduce stress and help you to make the very most of your trip!
The best way to ensure that your home is safe while you are out of town is to have someone trustworthy stay there for the duration of your trip. If you cannot find someone to stay in your home, see if a neighbor will stop by once or twice daily to check on things. Simply having someone to come by the home to water plants, get the paper and mail, turn lights on and off, bring trash cans in, and take care of pets (if you have them) will be a huge help while you are away. If you don’t know anyone personally who is available, there are services available for house-sitting and pet-sitting. If no one will be staying or visiting your home while you are away, consider investing in light timers and motion detectors. These can set an illusion that someone is home, and will deter potential break-ins. Find more information and tips on these here.
Additionally, consider investing in a home security system if you have not already. These systems are the best way to stop your home from being broken into. If you do not have the resources to install one of these systems, consider purchasing a handful of fake security cameras to give the illusion that one is in place.
Another way to keep your home safe while you’re away is to hold delivery of your mail and newspaper. A pile of newspapers is the sign of an empty home to potential thieves, so consider putting a hold on your paper here. The post office will hold your mail for you for up to 30 days, and you can submit a US post office hold here.
Regardless of all other ways you choose to protect your home when you leave, be sure to lock the house up securely when you are gone. Something as simple as turning off the garage door, taking valuable items out of any cars, and locking doors and windows can have a lasting impact on your home’s security.
These simple tips should help your home stay safe year-round while you travel.
Happy Summer and Happy vacationing from Jordan Built Homes!