A home that is left unsupervised can be a tempting target for burglars and criminals. Not only that, property disasters, power surges, plumbing disasters, electrical mishaps, house fires, and other unfortunate things can also happen.
To enjoy your vacation without worrying about the home you left, here are the basic preventive measures you must make before you leave:
Make your home look lived in.
If your home looks lived in even when you’re not there, burglars and criminals will be less likely to break in. According to travel experts, to make your home appear lived in, you must install timers on various lights around your home. Set the timers randomly so your home would look occupied.
If you use curtains on the usual, leave them exactly as you usually do when you’re home. For your driveway, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to park their vehicle each night to make it look like someone’s home. It’s recommended to put all your mail and subscription services on hold as well.
Unplug all of your appliances.
Unplugging your appliances before leaving for a vacation won’t only save you from expensive electricity bills, it will also protect your home from electrical problems. Also, make sure never to leave any appliance running when you’re not home. And, always check everything before leaving.
Another important thing to check and make sure is turned off is your stove’s gas valve. After closing it, turn on one of the stove burners to verify that the gas is entirely closed and turned off.
Turn off your main water supply.
You wouldn’t want to go home to a flooded house after a fun vacation, right? Water leaks can happen regardless if you’re home or not. To make sure you won’t come home to a water-damaged home after your vacation, it’s recommended to turn off your main water supply before going away.
Secure all of your valuables.
Secure valuables like documents, jewelry, cash, etc. in a safe deposit box. You can also install an alarm system in the area for added security. Also, never leave a “hidden” or “emergency” spare key anywhere in your home. Even the thieves know where those hidden places are. If you really need to have a spare key for your home, leave it to a trusted friend or neighbor before you leave.
Don’t post your plans online.
Never share personal information on social networking sites. You should always think twice about posting your whereabouts and vacation plans – especially when your social media posts are accessible and visible to internet users that aren’t your real friends or not members of your family.
Sharing vacation plans and details would only tip off criminals on the Web. So, don’t overshare on social media. Never broadcast to the world that your home is vacant. Turn off location tags when posting on social networks. Avoid checking in to places far away from your home as well.
Notify the neighborhood police.
Consider notifying your local neighborhood police if you’re going away on vacation, especially when you’ll be away for more than a week. This way, they will watch over your home once in a while when they’re on patrol. If you entrusted your home to a friend while you’re away, you must inform the police about it too. Give them your friend’s details like name and contact info as well.
Once you’ve done the above tips, you can rest without worry knowing you’ve done what you can to keep your home safe and secure. Now, enjoying your vacation will be your only concern. Bon voyage!