While leaving for vacation should always be a pleasant experience it’s important to make sure there’s no nagging worries to trouble you during your trip. Did I leave the stove on? Are the windows locked? Additionally, while on vacation your home or business is especially vulnerable to theft. Here we’ll look at some basic ways to prepare your home before you leave for vacation. This means securing it from theft as well as making sure there are no inherent fire hazards. At the very least if you follow these guidelines you should have some additional peace of mind and be able to enjoy your vacation more completely.
Here’s where it pays to be a good neighbor or friend. One of the best things you can do is ask for some help while you’re gone. Many of the obvious indicators that nobody is home can easily be amended by a helpful neighbor. Ask a neighbor or friend to take in your mail and maybe drive by every now and then to make sure nothing is amiss. Also, be sure to jump on any opportunities to do the same and you’ll be able to build some trust and develop a symbiotic relationship.
Lights and Curtains
While it may not be the most ‘green’ solution it’s not a bad idea to setup a timer to flick on and off some lights in your home. A dark house is a pretty dead giveaway that nobody’s home but you also don’t want to leave your lights on all week (a perpetually illuminated house can also be a giveaway). As for curtains, there’s a bit of a debate on the subject as to whether you should keep the open or closed. If open potential thieves are free to peer in for potential valuables. However, if closed police or neighbors won’t be able to look inside if they suspect something is wrong. Usually, the best idea is to keep them how you normally have them.
Fire Safety and Peace of Mind
One of the best ways to prevent a fire and also save energy is to unplug everything in the house. While it might not be a huge risk think about the peace of mind that it’ll bring knowing that there’s not even a tiny chance. Finally, one great tip for securing your home and locking up is to create some sort of ritual or game out of turning stuff off or locking doors. When you’re on the beach in Hawaii wondering if you left your stove on you’ll quickly remember if you turned around 3 times while snapping your fingers before you did so. Do the same for doors and windows. Find something that works so you definitely know you locked up and turned off your heating appliances and other potential hazards.