Going out on vacation is something we all get really excited about, whether it be out on the sandy beach or a relaxing spa retreat. However, you shouldn’t let your excitement get the best of you.
As homeowners, your homes should still be of utmost priority in occasions where you have to leave it unguarded. You have to make sure that you take the necessary precautions in order to ensure the safety of your home. Here are 5 safety tips for homeowners going on vacation:
Install a Home Security System
One of the best things you can do to keep your home safe while you are gone is to install a home security system. This will be like having eyes and ears on your property even if you are not really there. Any suspicious activity will at once trigger your alarms, alerting you and the authorities.
Lock All Entrances
Locking the doors of your home should go without saying. However, one thing that other homeowners forget about is that the door is not the only way in. Make sure to secure any and all entrances to your home such as windows, balconies, and even chimneys.
Unplug Your Appliances and Electronics
Disconnecting your appliances such as your televisions, computers, and stoves will do a lot more than just save you money. Do not leave your air conditioner or heater open or plugged. If you have a malfunctioning air conditioner or heater, all the more reason you should not leave it plugged in. Best to contact an air conditioning repair company to fix your device before you leave.
Unplugging your appliances will help ensure that no electrical accidents will take place in your home while you are away. At the worst, something might catch fire and scorch parts of your home. To help minimize chances of your house catching fire, it’s a great idea to fire detectors and sprinklers as well.
Do Not Announce the Details of Your Trip
The wrong people getting hold of your information may be dangerous. If a threatening person finds out you are away from your home for a long time, you will be leaving your home vulnerable to burglars and intruders.
Be careful with what you say to your friends and family when other people are around. Also be wary of what you post on social media and who can view them.
Hire a House-Sitter
Especially if you will be gone for a long time, having someone take care of your house may be a good idea. Cleaning your home and its landscape will make your house look lived in. The house-sitter will also pick up your mail and newspapers so that they don’t stack up at the front of your house. This will have any outsiders think twice about doing any funny business.
Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Vacation
Follow these tips and you will no longer have to constantly worry about what’s going on in your home while you are out. Have a fun and stress-free vacation!
Written by the staff of Controlled Aire Heating and Cooling in Moberly, MO.