Keep Your Huntsville Alabama Home Safe While Vacationing From Home

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Keep Your Huntsville Alabama Home Safe While Vacationing From Home

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Summer is now in full swing here in Huntsville Alabama and vacation plans may have you leaving your home in the very near future. Don't forget to take a few steps to ensure the safety of you and your home while you are away. Being prepared and aware of potential risks makes for a better vacation and homecoming...just use a little common sense.

5 Things To Remember To Keep Your Huntsville Alabama Home Safe While Vacationing From Home

  • You cannot control your level of visibility entirely once you leave. If you post to social media, including Facebook andKeep Your Huntsville Alabama Home Safe While Vacationing From Home Pinterest, while on vacation you may be putting your home at risk. Sharing vacation photos are an obvious way of showing that you are away and may create an easier target for your home for thieves.
  • Lock it up. From windows and doggie doors to gates and garage doors, the security of your Huntsville Alabama home requires diligence on your part. Don't let the rush of leaving for vacation make you forget to batten down the hatches throughout your home.
  • Ask for some help. A trusted neighbor or friend can notify you if something looks out of place or odd while you are away. Or you can employ a house sitter for greater peace of mind. You may even find one who will water your plants, too!
  • Consider installing an alarm or timed lighting system prior to your vacation. Both can deter possible intruders.
  • Truly vacation while away and plan a day to get organized when you get back. Placing your mail and delivery services on hold while away are very important, too. In my opinion as little as 1 newspaper, forgotten milk bottles on your porch or long ago emptied garbage cans left on the street signal to everyone that you are probably not home or something is wrong.  Plus, having planned an extra day to recover from your travel to go through mail and grocery shop may also allow you time for the first tip mentioned...now you can post those vacation photos to social media.

Nick T Pappas  

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Nick what a great post and since it is Vacation Season very timely!

Jul 02, 2013 06:37 AM #3
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Kwee Huset
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Hi Nick , great advice for homeowners to be prepared before they leave for vacation. Happy July 4th!

Jul 02, 2013 02:30 PM #4
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Laura Giannotta
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Nick, this is great advice whether your leaving your Huntsville Alabama home for vacation or leaving on vacation from another location.  It does amaze me how people advertise their absence on the solical media sites!

Jul 02, 2013 08:22 PM #5
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Nick,

Your first point about not posting your absence to Facebook is one that I wish more people would think about!

Jul 02, 2013 09:48 PM #6
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I'm continually amazed by the people who give a detailed accounting of their vacation plans on various social media platforms...DON'T DO IT!!!!

Jul 03, 2013 12:13 AM #7
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Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
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nick, great tips for anyone in any state going on vacation....I too am amazed how people post there wereabouts all the time....no one really cares...EXCEPT the intruders!!

Jul 03, 2013 05:53 AM #8
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Nick - good tips for summer vacation or any time of the year! Social Media is an open book!

Protect! Protect! Protect what is yours and don't give away clues to make the wrong guy's job easier!

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Jul 03, 2013 08:56 AM #9
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We have most of the suggestions in place, but you shared some very sound advice. All these protections are very important.

Jul 03, 2013 09:02 PM #10
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Joan Cox
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Nick, this is important information as this is the time of year for vacations!    Our cul-de-sac keeps neighbors in the know when someone will be out of town.   

Jul 03, 2013 11:31 PM #11
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Stopping by to wish you a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Jul 04, 2013 01:04 AM #12
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Wishing you a Safe & Happy July 4th  from Albuquerque New Mexico!

Jul 04, 2013 05:02 AM #13
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Great information and very timely, too, with the summer vacation season upon us. Have a great evening, Nick.

Jul 04, 2013 12:07 PM #14
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Good advice for families that are leaving for a vacation.

Enjoy the weekend and have a wonderful summer.

Jul 05, 2013 10:06 AM #15
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Nick, People make the mistake of 'bragging' about their vacation destination and then wonder why they have been robbed while away. It is so simple, everyone just needs to read your safety tips and act accordingly!

Jul 08, 2013 11:15 AM #16
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These are great tips, Nick. I see some of my friends bragging about where they are (not home) and wonder what they are thinking.

Jul 09, 2013 04:30 AM #17
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Nick, this information is so important this time of year, it should be FEATURED.    Will re-blog it in the next few days!

Jul 09, 2013 10:49 PM #18
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Nick ,and most of all don't tell your followers on social media you are away.

Jul 10, 2013 11:39 AM #19
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Excellent post Nick Pappas!  I just may have to post this to my favorite social media sites (it'll fool all those that think I am home working!).  :-).

Jul 14, 2013 09:41 AM #20
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Nick

These are excellent suggestions for vacationers. I am always surprised at how much one can learn on Facebook about where people are and what they are doing. Foursquare is another place where people can readily track where you are with all the check-ins

We usually have someone stay at our house when we go away, even if over night. It's reassuring, and the cats sure appreciate it.

Jeff

Jul 15, 2013 11:31 AM #21
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Nick T Pappas
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Thanks for all your comments.  I might post about a vacation after the fact and like Jeff usually someone house sits for me anyway...just can't be too careful.

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