5 Ways to Secure Your Home for a Seriously Stress-Free Vacation
Are you planning a trip soon? Worried about how to keep your home safe while you are away? Spending time worrying about your home is no way to spend your vacation. Luckily, there are some fairly simple steps you can take to secure your home before you leave, and make sure you have a stress-free, safe trip:
Practice Travel Safety
Keeping your home safe is important when you plan to travel, but you should take steps to keep yourself safe as well, especially if you’re a senior. Seniors can follow safe travel tips to make the most of their trips. Before you leave, talk to your doctor about any medications or treatments you need for your trip. For overseas travel, certain vaccinations may be required to keep you from getting sick. It’s also wise to check your insurance policy to make sure you have coverage in case you need health care while you’re away, and you may want to bring copies of important documents, like your insurance card and birth certificate.
Check In With Neighbors
Now that you have your own health squared away, you can focus on securing your home. Before you leave, be sure to talk to your neighbors. Let them know how long you will be out of the house. If anyone is going to be stopping by to pick up mail or check in, give your neighbors a description of the car and person who will be coming by. This way your neighbors will know to call for assistance if they see a suspicious car or activity around your home while you are away. Networking with neighbors is the best way to secure your neighborhood and your home.
Tidy Up Around Your Home
Coming home to clutter and stale air can wipe away all the stress relief of your trip. So make sure your home is clean before you leave. Wash any dishes and empty the dishwasher. Dust and wipe down surfaces, then make sure your floors are cleaned up, too. If you have any personal items lying around, take time to put them away, and use a safe for any valuables. Finally, consider getting new air filters before you leave. Clean, appropriately fitting filters will help improve your home’s air quality while you’re away and allow you to breathe easier when you return home.
Be Careful of Posting on Social Media
If you’re excited about your trip, it’s only natural to want to share those feelings with the world. But sharing too much detail about your travels can set your home up for an invasion while you are away. Criminals often look to social media to see when people are out of their homes, so think twice before you post those vacation details online. Make sure your profile settings are set up so that posts are not public and random viewers will not have access to your personal information. But know that information can still get out. When friends share or like your posts, they could be exposing your home to potential criminals. So be safe and think carefully about what you post online.
Invest in Home Security
Whether you are at home or away, some security features can give you peace of mind when it comes to your home. Simple changes, like installing deadbolts on doors or using smart home technology, can make your property less appealing to criminals. For the ultimate feeling of security and peace of mind, consider investing in a home-monitoring system. Having a monitored home security system means help will arrive in the case of a break-in, or fire, even when you are away. In Houston, you can expect to pay an average of $618 for security system installation. For an added sense of protection, you can use video surveillance to keep an eye on your home while you are out of town. The folks over at Allconnect and Bankrate have created an updated, informative home security providers resource that allows you to compare providers, get answers to commonly asked questions and even display top providers by category.
Taking a trip shouldn’t leave your home at risk. By following some simple security tips, you can stop worrying about your home while you are away and start enjoying your life. So stop stressing and start having more fun on your trips!
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Author: Jane shares her love of travel and health in hopes of impacting the lives of her readers.
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