Going on holiday is exciting. But you also want to make sure that when you come back your home is ready to welcome you. There are many things that can go wrong while you’re away. Therefore, it is a good idea to minimise the risks as much as possible. We offer you a few tips to make your home secure and vacation ready.
Leaving your home looking unoccupied can attract burglars. However, consider the following points to make your property less attractive to potential criminal activities.
- Make sure your regular deliveries are cancelled or suspended. You want to avoid your doorstep looking cluttered. This would draw unnecessary attention.
- Leave your curtains open. Closed curtains are an obvious sign that the property is unoccupied. At the same time, close your windows.
- If you have a garden, mow the lawn. Make your garden look tidy and well looked-after.
- Ask your neighbour to pick up any build-up of leaflets from your doorstep.
- Use smart home technologies. If you can, install a light on a timer switch. This will make your home look occupied in evenings. Also make sure the lights go on and off in different rooms throughout the evening. This will definitely make your home vacation ready.
- Security cameras can give you a live video stream. This enables you to check on your home wherever you are.
- Turn off your water mains. You never know what may happen.
- Check your smoke alarms are in good working order with fresh batteries.
- Make sure your neighbour has your contact details so they can inform you of any emergencies.
- Don’t tell everyone you’re going away. Also, do not share the happy news on social media. It can attract unnecessary attention.
Ready for your Return
After you’ve made your home vacation ready, you want to make sure your home is also ready for your return:
- Check your fridge and kitchen cupboards. You don’t want to find gone off food upon your return. Chuck away anything that will not survive but remember that most foods can be frozen. To avoid wasting food check which foods are freezable.
- Wipe down your fridge to avoid coming back to bad odours.
- Switch your heating off completely or consider leaving it on a timer switch if you’re travelling in winter to avoid bursting pipes.
- Make sure you unplug all devices. There is no need to risk unnecessary energy consumption while you’re away. This is also a good safety tip.
- Pour bleach in your toilet bowl to prevent bacteria and limescale build-up.
- Ask a friend to check on your property and water your plants.
Now your property is ready for your departure. Enjoy your holiday!
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