As a traveler, there’s almost nothing that can match the excitement of getting ready to take off on your next adventure. But there can be some stress leading up to your departure. Every traveler knows that there is a lot of preparation involved with a big trip, from packing to planning your itinerary and getting logistics in order. But there’s one big task that many travelers might overlook and that’s getting your home ready for your time away.
When your home is empty it can be a target for theft, and also unforeseen disasters that might come up. Keeping your home secure doesn’t have to mean installing an expensive home security system or hiring a housesitter, there are some actions that you can take that can get your home ready for its own vacation. These tips can also help if you are selling your home and will be away for open houses.
Give your yard some TLC
Part of keeping your home safe while you are away is making sure that you aren’t drawing unwanted attention to it. One of the best ways to do that is by taking care of your front yard, or balcony.
Water your plants, trim back anything that has become overgrown, and set up an irrigation system if you are going to be gone for an extended time. If your yard requires a lot of care, you can even consider having a gardener come by once a week in your absence.
Put a hold on mail and newspapers
If you still receive a paper newspaper at home, then you’ll definitely want to put a hold on delivery while you are away — not only because you won’t be around to read them, but also to avoid having them pile up at your front door. The same goes for mail if you’ll be gone for more than a week. Important mail like checks or tax documents can be a target for theft, in addition to signaling that you aren’t home.
Keep everything on time
One trick that frequent travelers use to make it seem like they are home when they really aren’t is using timers and mobile controls for lights and irrigation systems. With certain setups, you can turn on these features directly from your mobile phone even while you are away. With these kinds of controls, you can mimic being at home and take another step towards keeping your home safe.
Make your home smart
One of the easiest ways to control those features in your home, like lights, music, and even an irrigation system, is by installing a smart device. The device you choose will depend on the size of your home and the features you need, but some that you are probably already familiar with are Alexa and Google Nest. These can also be integrated with home security monitoring systems.
Secure valuables and other electronics
To further prepare your home for the unexpected, valuables like jewelry can be stored in a safe as an extra precaution. Electronic devices that won’t be coming with you can also go in the safe if they are small. Even simply unplugging appliances and electronics can be helpful in case of an unexpected power surge or another unforeseen disaster.
As you get ready for your vacation, you’ll want to get your home ready too. With a few steps, you’ll be on your way to peace of mind, for any final destination.