Now that you’ve finished planning that trip, it’s time to sit back, relax and wait for your departure date to arrive. Except there’s one more thing to remember: securing your home. If you’ll be away for longer than a day or two, you’ll want to take the proper precautions to ensure you empty home is nice and secure. Of course, we’d all love to think the best of the people in or near our community and assume that none of these individuals would pose a threat to our belongings, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful anyway. It only takes a few simple steps to increase your home’s level of safety.
Find a house-sitter
Ask a family member or trusted friend to come stay at your place while you’re away. Your home will be looked after on a regular basis, and you loved one will have a nice change of scenery for a week or so (or more, depending on how long you’ll be away). You could also opt to have someone check on things, periodically, while you’re away.
Have a neighbor collect your mail
This is also great option if you live in an apartment building. If solicitors frequently leave promotional flyers in the doors on every floor, a pile of papers sticking out near your doorknob is a sure sign that nobody is home. Ask that friendly neighbor of yours to grab any papers or packages that show up during your vacation.
Keep the blinds open
This may sound counterproductive, but leaving your blinds closed might actually draw attention to your place – especially if you generally keep them open. Move any valuable items out of plain sight and fix the blinds, curtains and/or draperies so that they’re slightly open. This way, nothing will seem out of the ordinary.
Do you have more tips for protecting your home on extended trips? Feel free to share them in the comments.