Tips to Protect Your Home When You Leave for Your Vacation!

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Tips to Protect Your Home When You Leave for Your Vacation!


We’re well into summer and everyone is planning on a much-awaited trip (if you haven’t gone already) especially after the year we’ve been through. 

 

Since it’s been a while since we were all able to lock up and leave for some R&R, it might be a good time to review what we need to do to make sure that our homes are safe and everything is in place for your return. 

 

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR VACATION…

~Don’t announce on social media that you’re leaving and if you have children of any age make sure that they’re not announcing that your home will be up for grabs. 

Wait until you return home to post your pictures!

 

~If you’re expecting packages to be delivered, ask a friend or neighbor to pick them up for you.

Many of us have some kind of video doorbell so it’s easy to see when something has been delivered. And if you don’t, ask your neighbor to check your front door for you.

~Video Doorbell 

We have the Ring but there are others. We know and can record anyone who comes to the door, and we can answer the door even if we’re not home.

~Home security cameras There are so many available now that are in everyone’s price point. 

Our camera allows us to see any movement from our primary entry points. 

 

 

~Lights Don’t leave your home in the dark! There are so many options now in addition to the standard timers you can purchase at any store. 

Smart plugs allow you to control your lights from your Smartphone. 

 

~Have your paper and mail picked up

This is a personal choice but I prefer to announce to as few people as I can that I’ll be gone. We pick up papers and mail for our neighbors and family and they in turn, do it for us. 

~Secure your valuables

This really should be done even if you’re not leaving. However, why make it easy for someone to take what you’ve worked so hard for. There are Safe Deposit Boxes or Home Safes. 

 

~Don’t have your lawn announce that you’re gone. 

If you do not have a lawn service, make sure that you mow before you leave, and if you will be away for an extended period (in the summer, more than a week) hire someone to take care of your lawn.

~Lock your garage

Lock the door to your garage even if it is a detached garage. There are valuable in there as well. 

And, if your garage is not detached, lock the door from the garage to the entry to your home. (A neighbor’s garage door was opened and someone in a van backed into the garage, shut the garage door, entered the home,  and then took what they could fit in the van and then left.)

Someone will get in if they want to and if they have the time. Don’t make it easy for them.

 

~Make sure you take your spare car and house keys with you. 

 

~If you haven’t already, give a spare set of keys to a neighbor, relative, or friend

~Secure the cars left at home

If your garage will not hold all of your cars, make sure that those left outside have all valuables removed and are locked. 

Catalytic converters, as well as truck tailgates, are high on the list of stolen items here in Texas. 

 

 

Enjoy your vacation!!! We all deserve it!

Comments (35)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  I am a big fan of the Ring and we have ours for about 3 years now.  Thanks for your tips today!

 

Jun 29, 2021 08:54 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Check, check, and check!  Especially the first item on your list.  I am still surprised by how many people I know who let everyone know on social media that they are gone.  I just shake my head when I see these posts.  

Also,  when I had an attached garage, I placed a keyless deadbolt on the garage door leading to the house. You couldn't get in or out without the key.  I had heard of issues.  I also disconnected the garage door opener.  

Theives have scanners - also...

Sometimes they turn on an outside water spigot to see if it is still on the next day.  

Jun 29, 2021 09:14 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all very important tips for protecting your home during vacation time, Kathy.

Jun 29, 2021 01:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 29, 2021 01:07 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy the #1 is so important.  I shake my head when I see people announce on social media they are going to be away.  Why not just put a sign on the front door saying "gone on vacation, no one will be home for a week, come on in".

Jun 29, 2021 02:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England I feel the same way. The neighbors here look out for each other but there are always outside elements. 

Wayne Martin there's nothing worse than coming home from an enjoyable trip to find your home has been broken into. 

Jun 29, 2021 05:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy Kelley Thank you and hope that you and Chef Dolores are doing well. 

Liz and Bill Spear I agree. We had a friend who posted when he was at the airport, then at his hotel, the dive boat, etc. I was always amazed that his home wasn't broken into. 

Jun 29, 2021 05:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I know, isn't it a shame that we have to protect our home and valuables from the slugs of the world. 

Ed Silva you're right!  And we're all so excited about getting away, we might forget to protect our homes. 

Jun 29, 2021 05:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander, Broker you're right about common sense. People leave their car doors unlocked and they're broken into! 

Michael Jacobs it's tempting to want to share photos of your vacation but wait until you're home!

Jun 29, 2021 05:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joan Cox After reading the posts for the June Challenge I thought of all of the people getting ready to leave for the first time in months. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel that's an ideal situation...to have someone house and Quincy sit!!!

Jun 29, 2021 05:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rocky Dickerson in our old neighborhood, someone left their car unlocked, the thieves used the garage door opener to open the garage, and went into the kitchen through the unlocked door. The owner's purse was sitting in plain view and they grabbed it. The owner was in the home at the time!!!

Jun 29, 2021 05:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kat Palmiotti Hope you never have your home broken into!

Pat Champion Thank you! have a wonderful July Fourth weekend. 

Norma J. Elkins Thank you!!!  That's what I worry about when I'm away!

Jun 29, 2021 05:53 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Highly unlikely, Kathy Streib - you can't see our home from the road, and the driveway is a half mile long up a hill. In Montana. Where everyone has at a minimum a dog. :-)

Jun 29, 2021 05:55 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I think the same thing. Why shout out that you're gone and the house is vacant!

Will Hamm Love your new profile photo!!! And yes, I love our Ring doorbell video. 

Jun 29, 2021 05:55 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I also like the really bright barn lights that light up the whole backyard. I like the idea of disconnecting the garage door and if you have to leave a car out, remove the garage door opener.  I hadn't heard about how they turn the water on outside to see if it's still on!!  We have a lot of catalytic converters being stolen here. 

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you and appreciate the feature in your group. 

 

Jun 29, 2021 06:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto same here!!!  Why do they do it???

Kat Palmiotti and there's the advantage of living where you do!!!!!

Jun 29, 2021 06:03 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jun 29, 2021 10:54 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We all might have a little bit of fun in color and light er

Jun 29, 2021 10:58 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

We will be taking one later on this year.  Won't tell you when or where we will be going, but we've been there before.  It's going to be a great trip

Jun 30, 2021 12:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great tips Kathy Streib . I especially like the one about taking your spare keys with you as I had never thought of that before.

Jul 06, 2021 10:46 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You can't be too safe. I don't understand when people share their vacation plans on social media. Crazy!

Jul 06, 2021 02:58 PM