5 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation



No matter where you’re heading, going on vacation is exciting. However, planning for your vacation may not be as fun. Regardless, you want to ensure that your home remains safe while you’re away. By following these tips, you’ll enjoy coming home following a great vacation.

Hire a Trusted House Sitter

If you have a family member or a trusted friend who lives nearby, having them move in while you’re gone can keep your home safer. Not only can they bring your mail and newspapers in doors, they’ll be able to watch any pets you have and water your plants. Since burglars usually look for homes that are temporarily empty, having someone on the property makes your home a harder target.

For those who do not have a live-in house sitter, consider stopping the mail and newspaper service. This way, no one will be tipped off that no one is in the house. Simply call your local post office to hold your mail. Also avoid ordering packages prior to leaving so they don’t sit on your porch.

Utilize Your Neighborhood Watch Group

Many neighborhoods have watch groups that keep an eye on the neighborhood. You may be able to ask your local watch group to keep an eye on your home while you’re not around. Not only can they look for suspicious activities, but a reliable member may also help you keep your home safe by removing fliers that occasionally get stuck on your door.

Keep Your Home on a Schedule

If you don’t have someone to stay in your home while you’re taking a relaxing vacation, your home may stay dark all day long. In order to create the illusion that your home is not temporarily vacant, use timers that can turn your lights on and off. A neighbor or a member of your neighborhood watch group can take the garbage to the curb and put them back.

As a pro tip, keep your blinds open. If the blinds remain closed at all times, your home can begin to look suspicious.

Lock Up

While this seems like an obvious point, there are many homeowners who are used to keeping a window unlocked to get in if they forget or lose a key. As your preparing to head out the door, take some time to ensure all of your windows and doors are locked. Ensure that you also turn the deadbolt if you have one. This will make your home a less attractive to potential burglars.

Be Smart about Social Media

When you release details to the world through social media, you do not have any control over who sees your updates. In general, it is best to stay mum on your travel itinerary until after you return home. If you want to talk about your upcoming trip with your family, friends or house-watcher, consider hosting a casual dinner party at home or talking over the phone. If you’re meeting friends over coffee, it’s always a good idea to be aware your surroundings.

Additionally, talk to your children about being discreet when it comes to when your family will be gone. Teens and younger friends could potentially get it into their heads to cause some mischief involving your home.

Enjoy Your Vacation

By taking steps to ensure that your home will be secure while you’re out of town, you’ll be able to rest easy. Further, you’ll be able to enjoy making new memories without spending energy thinking about whether or not you’ll come back to a home that is still intact.


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