how to keep your home safe while on vacation

How to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

The countdown is finally over and your well-deserved vacation time has nearly arrived. Your flight and hotel are booked, you’re packed and ready to go, and are even planning on checking in well in advance for your flight. You have worked so hard all year long and are looking forward to a nice, relaxing break – so the last thing you need to worry about is someone breaking into your home or coming back to a burst pipe and a flooded basement. It’s imperative that you take certain key steps to keep your home safe and sound while you are away, and a little planning can go a long way. Basic preventative measures, coordination with today’s technology, as well as the help of a friend or neighbor can keep your home safe and let you truly relax during your vacation! Whether it is a weekend getaway or a week long trip, we have a few tips for how to keep your home safe while on vacation. 

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Enjoy your time away knowing your home is safe and secure while on vacation.

Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pet-sit or check in periodically. Do you have pets? If so, you’ll want to schedule a pet sitter to care for your furry loved ones while you are away. You can choose a qualified pet sitter from petsitter.com or ask a friend or your neighbor to stop by every day to walk/feed your animals. This will also give your friend/neighbor the opportunity to do a quick sweep around the house to make sure everything is in order. If you don’t have any pets, an outside drive-by every other day should suffice. Make sure they have your contact information and a copy of your itinerary in case of an emergency. Also be sure to notify them if you plan on having more than one person checking in on your home or pets. 

Maintain a low profile on social media. While it may be a trend to post all over Instagram and Snapchat with gorgeous photos of your vacation destination and all the fun you are having, it can also be a big alert to anyone who sees your posts online that you’re not at home. The internet has become a place for burglars to monitor when someone is away from home and a house may be empty. It’s better to limit social activity when traveling – but you don’t have to take our word for it. This article from Lifewire has a clear cut guide on what not to post on social media when traveling so as to not tip off any would-be burglars that may be watching!

Stop your mail. If you are traveling and you know you are going to be away for some time, have your friend or neighbor stop by to pick up your mail daily or you may want to put a “stop” on your mail. If your mail piles up in your mailbox, this could give would-be intruders a clue that no one is home. Visit your local post office or USPS.com to make the necessary arrangements. 

Lock everything.This is an important step to keep your home safe while you’re traveling andbelieve it or not, is often forgotten during last minute preparations. Before you head out, make sure all of your doors and windows are closed and locked. To make things a little easier on yourself, consider installing a smart door lock that works with most smart home devices and can help you control your door locks remotely. August offers affordable smart door locks that can provide your home with the security it needs. While there are a lot of options on the market today for smart home devices, and especially smart locks, this guide from PC Mag has quite the robust list to choose from to ensure the lock works for you as well as with any other smart home devices you may already have installed. 

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Be sure that doors, windows, and valuable items are safely locked away before leaving for your trip.

Invest in security cameras/lights/motion sensors.A handful of strategically-placed indoor and outdoor security cameras/lights, can make all the difference. Burglars are more likely to go through areas that are in the dark and out of sight. You can illuminate these hiding spots by installing security systems in burglary-prone areas such as back or side doors. A home security device such as Ring or Nest, as well as many other smart home security systems, allow you to remotely drop in and live stream what is going on in or around your house in real time. Many of these security systems are motion activated and will provide you with alerts that will allow you to take immediate action if necessary, and can even be wired right into the local Fire or Police departments. 

Keep your valuables safe. Beyond safeguarding your jewelry, having a fire safe in the house to protect your important documents, is always a good idea. Put any important documents in here that you need to protect not just from potential theft, but also from fire or water damage. Documents such as birth certificatesmarriage certificates, passports (if you are not traveling abroad this trip), and any other important bank forms and forms of identification should be stored here. Having a key accessible to a trusted person back home is also important in case you lost your wallet or identification while away. Having someone at home who can access and send you crucial documents can be a tremendous help if your primary identification is lost and you need to get back on a plane! Should you be in the unfortunate circumstance where your passport is lost or stolen abroad, this article on how to replace a passport while traveling can be a huge help. 

We hope these tips for how to keep your home safe while on vacation, have provided you with the confidence to travel, knowing your home is safe and sound. Before heading out, don’t forget any important documents you may need. Visit VitalChek.com for certified copies of birth certificates. Safe travels!

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