By Henry Moore, Fit Well Traveler
Vacations are about traveling somewhere to forget about the stresses of work and home life. However, it’s easy to worry about your home while away on vacation. There are ways to protect your belongings (and the home itself) while traveling so you can enjoy peace of mind. To start, it helps knowing what could go wrong.
Dangers Of An Empty House
Even though the chances of problems with your home are low, it’s good to know what could go wrong. The first thing people think of is burglary. Most criminals wait until they know a home is empty before robbing it. That’s why most thefts occur in the middle of the day.
Angie’s List has a great A-Z guide for keeping your home secure. For example, are your gutters clean? Rain and melting snow need to be directed away from your house, but clogged gutters can lead to foundation cracks and water damage in your walls while you’re away.
Because thieves look for signs that a house is unoccupied, you should also take steps to make sure your house looks lived in. The Huffington Post reminds you to put a hold on any mail or deliveries before leaving. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your place, and depending on the weather, have someone mow your lawn or shovel your walkways as needed.
You also want to unplug any small appliances. Your refrigerator still needs some energy, but your computer, toaster, and so on all can be unplugged. This saves you energy while making sure a power surge or lightning strike won’t start a fire. Likewise, lower your thermostat but don’t turn it off. Extreme cold or heat can damage your home.
Home Security Options
These days, getting a home security system is easier than ever, and it can really help give you that peace of mind. See this article from Curbed.com for different options of security systems with that all-important window sticker letting thieves know this house is secure. In addition, put some lights and even a TV on a timer. These really make it look like you’re still home.
Speaking of lights, you should install some outdoor security lights whether you have a security system or not. By tying these lights to motion sensors, any burglar will suddenly find themselves in bright light. That’s enough to deter almost all criminals.
Relax On Your Vacation
Don’t spend your trip worrying about your house. That’s why you need to make your home looked lived in, unplug small appliances and consider installing a home security system. With your house protected and secure, you can truly enjoy your vacation.