Guest Post by Rosette Monell
Going on a vacation entails a lot of preparation. Many details go into it, such as booking your accommodation, setting an itinerary, planning your activities, etc. Out of all of those things mentioned, there’s one thing many tend to overlook: keeping their home safe.
There are many factors to consider for home safety when going on vacation, including your time away and the ground you need to cover. You have to anticipate what could go wrong and all possibilities that may affect your property’s safety. There have been tons of horror stories of people returning home from their vacations to find out they’ve been robbed or finding damages at an essential part of the house.
It can be quite stressful to think about it, but you have to do enough to keep it safe if you value your house. The last thing you want to come home to is more expenses and troubles. With that in mind, here are tips to protect your home while you’re on vacation.
Replace what needs to be replaced
Keeping your house safe from itself is as crucial as keeping it safe from other things that could do it harm. So if there are things that need to be replaced that you’ve been putting off for some time, do it before going away. This is for both the inside and outside your house.
An essential that you need to prioritize regarding this matter is your lights. If you happen to have a light bulb that doesn’t work, replace it with a new one ASAP.
You should also consider the old storage or appliances that don’t function as well as they used to. If you’re storing perishable goods such as food, you need to keep it in a reliable fridge that won’t breakdown while you’re not home. You also wouldn’t want dirt or other particles to accumulate on your storage, so buy new cabinet hardware for a change.
A couple of other things to prioritize for protection before your vacation are your locks and pipes. Your pipes might freeze during freezing weather or may get busted during unseasonably hot weather. That possibility will increase if they’re too old.
Locks are self-explanatory. You should have durable locks on your doors and windows. Old locks will be too easy to break, so make sure they’re replaced with better ones before you leave.
Simulate a human presence
One of the oldest tricks in the books but still advisable is to make it look like someone’s home. Simulating a presence inside your house is made more efficient these days with the advancement of technology. There are also simple things that you can do to make criminals think again before breaking into your property.
You can invest in smart LED bulbs so you can turn your lights on and off wherever you are. Smart LED bulbs connect to a smart accessory or an app on your smart devices, which serves as your switch. You can even preprogram some smart lighting products to mimic your behavior, which will turn on or off your lights randomly.
Besides smart devices, you should also notice the signs that might make others perceive that you’re away. One example is the grass in your front yard or the snow pile on your driveway. Be sure to mow your lawn or remove snow from your property because tall grass and thick snow are signs that nobody’s been home for a while.
Besides those, you should also take out the trash for the garbage collector and temporarily stop your newspaper subscription if you have any. These will also signal that a house is neglected or no one is home once they start piling up.
Have someone watch over your house
You can also opt to have someone keep watch over your house. A trustworthy set of eyes to oversee your property is an ideal way of easing your worries. It could either be a friend, family member, or a neighbor that can do this for you.
Besides protecting your home, a house sitter can help you with other things like picking up your mail if you forgot to put them on pause. You’ll also have someone to check in and feed your pets or empty your trash cans. Have them drop by periodically if you’re gone for long so they can check if everything is still the way you left it.
Invest in a security system
It may be expensive to do this, but having a security system will benefit you in the long run. Take advantage of what technology offers nowadays to protect your home while you rest and destress in another location.
You can install smart locks, sensor lights, and alarm systems to protect your house from any kind of outside force trying to enter it. Invest in these types of equipment will also alert you if something happens so you can get home as soon as you can.
Enjoying your well-earned vacation is easier if you’ve made sure that you left the house secured. Invest in whatever can help protect your property so that you’ll return to it just how you left it. Make sure to also do quarterly or monthly home maintenance tasks to ensure your house is in top shape. These tips are also great if you just bought a new property and want to keep it secure.
Rosette has a knack for anything DIY. She spent her younger years learning about the different hardware tools and equipment in the hopes of establishing a hardware business in the future. Her career options may have changed, but today, she continues to write so passionately about her first love.