(TFC) – As a homeowner, you might have mixed feelings about going on vacation. Even though you’re excited about going on a trip, you might be worried about leaving your home behind. Luckily, if you follow these tips, you can help ensure your home is secure while away.
1. Install a Home Security System
Installing a home security system is one of the best ways to ensure your home is secure both while you’re on vacation, and after you return. You can install a security alarm that will sound if someone breaks in, and you can also put in security cameras. For someone who travels a lot, installing cameras near the main point of entry that you can monitor remotely from your smartphone is a good idea. Then, you’ll be able to check in on your home any time you want and anytime anyone comes to the door.
2. Make Sure Your Locks are in Good Condition
Ensuring your locks are secure is important. If you have been having trouble with your locks, you may want to swap out your deadbolts before you leave. Also, it might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to make sure that your locks are locked when you leave. You may want to double-check for peace of mind. Check not just the door, but windows and pet entrances as well. There are many things you should think about locking that you normally wouldn’t.
3. Make Arrangements for Yard and Mail
If your yard gets grown up with tall grass and weeds, it’s probably going to become clear to everyone around that no one is there. The same is true if your yard and driveway become piled up with snow during a snowstorm, or if your mail is overflowing from your mail box. Make arrangements to have someone come and take care of your lawn while you’re gone. Not only is this important for security reasons, but it can help you avoid coming home from your trip with a long to-do list. You can also ask the post office to hold your mail until you return.
4. Be Careful About What You Say on Social Media
Even though it might be tempting to brag about your trip on social media, it’s best not to let the world know you are going to be out of town. Instead, wait until you get back to post your vacation pictures and to tell everyone where you have been.
5. Talk to a Trusted Neighbor
It’s not a bad idea to talk to one of your neighbors and to ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re gone. You can even ask them to switch a few lights off and on or to move your car around in the driveway so it doesn’t look like the home is empty. Your neighbor might be more than happy to do so, and you can always bring back a nice gift from your trip and offer to repay the favor next time they go out of town.
If you are concerned about your home being secure while you’re gone on vacation, you should know there are some simple steps you can take that can help you secure it. If you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy peace of mind while you’re on your trip, and you should feel good in knowing your home will still be in good shape when you return.