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.
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!