Whether you’re planning an exotic escape, or taking a quick weekend trip somewhere fun, summer is a time to relax and enjoy a change of scenery.
It’s important to take the necessary measures to close up your home before leaving. The tips below will ensure you can stay worry-free while away.
* Leave your keys with a neighbor you trust
If you have a trustworthy neighbor, leave them a copy of your key as well as your contact information. While you’re away, they can check your home, collect mail, and be available in case of emergency.
* Lock up
Take extra precautions by hiding your valuables or placing them in a safe. Be sure to lock each window, door, and fence in your home. If you have a garage, park your car inside.
* Be mindful of energy consumption
Electronics can still expend energy when not in use. Unplug any devices such as appliances, computers, gaming consoles, and televisions to prevent hazards and save on your energy bill. Turn off your air conditioning, or leave it at a level to keep any pets comfortable, and put your water heater in “vacation mode.”
* Plan ahead for pets
Make arrangements for someone to feed and watch your pet. If you will be away for an extended period of time, you should consider having someone housesit and stay overnight to care for your animals.
* Avoid unnecessary smells
Leaving food that will expire soon in your refrigerator while you’re away will only become more of a hassle when you get back. Avoid smells and messy cleanup upon return by discarding almost-expired food before you leave. Be sure to remove all trash before you leave, as well.
* Time your lights
Invest in a few timers for lamps in your home. Program them to turn on lamps near windows to mimic the appearance of activity. This can help prevent intruders who may target homes that have been dark for a few days.