Do you hear the beach calling your name? Nothing sounds better than a nice relaxing vacation, and I am sure you deserve it. However, there are some essential to-dos to check off your list before you shred the gnar.
When you are away from your home, you leave it vulnerable to burglars, plumbing, and utility problems. A quick way to reverse the unwinding you did on vacation, is to come home to one of those home disasters. Use the following list to ensure you are truly “happy to be home” after your vacation.
1. Put your mail, newspaper, and deliveries on hold
You don’t want to give a burglar any reason to target your home, and nothing screams “rob me” like a mailbox and front porch overflowing with mail and packages. Luckily, post offices are used to these requests and do a great job holding your mail until you return from your vacation. You can also ask a neighbor to collect your mail while you are away which ensures there is a second set of eyes on your home each day.
2. Make sure all doors, windows, and garage doors are closed and locked
Your doors, windows, and garage act as your first line of defense against unwanted visitors. Make sure you aren’t making it easy on the burglar. If an intruder’s only obstacle is walking through an open garage, window, or unlocked door, you are practically inviting them inside to steal all of your valuables. Take the extra step and be sure to lock your doors and windows along with closing the garage door.
3. Set your indoor and outdoor lights on a timer
It is crucial to keep up appearances when going on vacation. Be sure to set light timers in and outside of your home to create the illusion that someone is home. A burglar is less likely to break into a home that appears to be occupied and it is never too late to add smart security and home automation to your home.
4. Reset your thermostat
When you go on vacation, remember to drop or increase your thermostat 4 degrees. In the summer set it in the upper 70’s and in the winter set it in the high 50’s. This helps keep your electric bill low and reduces the risk of a pipe bursting in the winter.
5. Turn off your main water supply
No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or water damaged home due to the water heater exploding or a pipe bursting. To prevent this from happening, turn off the water to your home while you’re on vacation. It will save you money and a headache in the long run.
6. Unplug your electronics
Unplugging electronics is another excellent way to save money. The kitchen countertop appliances, televisions, and alarm clocks all use electricity even when they aren’t on. And you’ll also help prevent an electrical fire.
7. Let friends and family know about your travel plans
When you leave for vacation, it is important to let the people you trust know where you are and how long you will be gone. Keeping loved ones in the loop allows friends, family, and neighbors to look after your home and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
8. Collect spare keys
Don’t leave hidden keys outside of your home. If you must have a spare, be sure to give it to individuals you know and trust. That way, if something happens and entry into the home is necessary, there is someone familiar on-site to help out. Another option for better entry protection is to add smart locks on the main entry points of your home. With smart security, you’ll be able to lock and unlock doors straight from your phone.
9. Hide your valuables
Even if you take all the precautions before going on vacation, there is no real assurance that your home won’t experience a break-in. To better protect your home, do not leave anything of value visible from the street. Before you leave your home, remember to close your blinds so those passing by can’t peek in. Your best option is to keep valuables in a safe or hidden somewhere inconspicuous.
10. Notify your alarm company you will be out of town
Let your alarm company know about your travel plans. If you have a monitored security system, the monitoring center team will know that an alert about a fire, burglary, or burst pipe likely isn’t a false alarm.
Use these tips to make sure you have a stress-free vacation and a headache-free homecoming. If you want to find out more about what ADS Security can do to keep your home secure while you’re away, contact us today!
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