For many, summertime is the perfect time to get away from it all. But before you go, do a little prep to have a stress-free vacation. Just a few simple steps can help safeguard your property from theft or unexpected household disasters in your absence.
Simple home security tips
Hire a house sitter.
Enlist the help of a trusted neighbor. Your helper can bring in the mail, put trash cans on the curb, and even move your car to give your home the appearance of being occupied. If a house sitter isn’t an option, try these tips to give the appearance that someone is home.
Hold the mail.
If you can’t find a trusted person to watch your home, place a hold on your mail, newspaper, and package deliveries. Uncollected mail is a clear signal that you're out of town.
Time your lights.
Explore smart lighting options or set timers on a few lights or a television to make it appear like someone is home while you’re away.
Don’t announce your trip publicly. Avoid advertising your travel plans in public spaces, including on social media sites. Instead, wait until after you return to share your travel photos and stories.
Stay ahead of safety hazards
Shut off your water.
You can eliminate the possibility of plumbing leaks by closing your main water shut off valve before you leave. Keep in mind that this will also shut down sprinkler systems.
Set a higher temp.
Keeping the temperature around 80 degrees Fahrenheit will help prevent damage to your furnishings from excessive heat and humidity. You can also consider installing a smart thermostat to adjust the temperature from your phone.
Bring in a pro before you leave. Schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance before your trip. This maintenance should be performed every year, ideally before the hottest days of summer.
Check your drains and downspouts.
Make sure they’re clear and efficiently carrying water away from your home. This helps prevent clogs that cause water to back up and find its way into walls.
For AC draining systems: If your line leads directly outside, pour a cup of white vinegar into the condensation tray to prevent clogs caused by mold or algae.
Trim trees and bushes around your home.
Overgrown vegetation can provide cover for people who might come snooping, and trimming tree branches can help minimize the risk of damage to your home from storms or high winds.
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