There are so many details that need to be worked out while planning a vacation besides where you are going, where you are staying, and what activities you have planned. The following are 10 simple tips to ensure the safety of your home while you are away
1. Check Your Calendar
Make sure that you don’t have any prior engagements such as a doctor appointment or meeting. If so, be sure to reschedule.
2. Clean Wallet Out
You should take anything out that you are not going to use on your trip such as extra credit cards. You will have fewer cards to cancel should your wallet get stolen.
3. Ask a Friend
This can be extremely important! You will want to ask a friend to come over every other day or so to pick up any packages or package slips that may be left and any mail in your mailbox. This is especially true if you recently got married and are still receiving gifts. Packages sitting outside or delivery slips can indicate that you are away and invite thieves over. If subscribed, you will also want your friend to pick up the newspaper or have the paper provider put your delivery on hold. You can also have the post office hold your mail until you return.
4. Turn Off Appliances
Going on vacation might just be the time that the toaster decides to start on fire. Unplug all of the small appliances and turn off any other unneeded ones. You will also want to clean out the fridge and throw out all perishables before you leave. If not, you might come home to a stinky house.
5. Lock All Windows and Doors
You would think that no one would forget to do this but it’s surprising how many people forget. Putting a piece of wood or other object in the track of your sliding glass door will keep anyone from being able to pry it open. If you are worried about someone needing to get into the house while you are away to water plants, etc, give a spare key to a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member. Never leave a spare key “hidden” outside your house somewhere!
6. Yard Care
If you are going to be away for a while, ask a neighbor or a pay-for-hire service to mow your lawn while you’re gone. Longer grass can indicate that no one is home. You should also ask someone to put out your garbage can and bring it in the same day it’s picked up.
7. Inform Neighbors
Tell the neighbors you know and trust that you will be away and leave them a phone number to reach you in case of an emergency. This way if anything happens while you are away they can get a hold of you.
8. Set Timers
Having timers for your lights makes it look as though there are people in the house and are less likely to get broken in to. A dark house is one of the top ways a thief knows if you are home or not.
9. Store Valuables
It is a good idea to put any valuables, such as, the deed to your house, car titles, and expensive or sentimental jewelry in a safe deposit box. Safes for your home are a good idea but depending on the size or type of it, it can still be stolen and broken into.
10. Make Arrangement for Pets
Don’t forget to have someone babysit any pets not accompanying you on your trip. It could be a cat, dog, lizard, etc. and whether you take them somewhere like a doggy day care or have someone come to your house, it is extremely important to remember to make arrangements!
Author Bio: Alyx Braze is a freelance writer who specializes in travel brochures and has a passion for traveling.
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