Worrying about your house is one of the quickest ways to bring down a summer getaway. Before you head off on vacation this year, follow these tips to keep your home safe and get some hard-earned peace of mind.
Wait to Facebook
No one wants to think about it, but it’s not wise to broadcast that you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time, even among friends and family. Save posting your pictures and sharing your experiences for until you get home.
Be home…sort of
One of the best ways to prevent your home from being a target for break-ins is to make it look occupied. Set your lights on timers and ask a neighbor to bring in your newspaper to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to an empty house.
Make friends with neighbours
Nosy neighbours are the best when you’re away from home. Let them know you’ll be going away, and they’ll generally be happy to keep an eye on things for you. If you’re on very friendly terms, you can even ask them to park a car in your driveway to make it look like you’re home.
Keep on top of the chores
If you’re going away for more than a week, it’s a good idea to hire a landscaping company to cut the grass and take care of any exterior maintenance. Overgrown grass and an untended exterior are dead giveaways that a home is not occupied.