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How To Safeguard Your Home While Traveling

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Written By Liz Shemaria (Guest Post).

So you are ready to start travelling again, but after so much extra time spent at home, you are starting to get worried about leaving your home alone.

That’s normal and the good news is, you don’t have to install expensive security systems to safeguard your home while travelling.

With a few steps, and maybe even a trusted friend to watch your house while you are gone, you can enjoy every minute of your time away without having to worry about what’s going on at home. 

Embrace The Smart Home Revolution

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Timers on lights and irrigation systems are one of the easiest ways to make your home seem lived in when you aren’t there. That way you can have the lights on inside and outside of your home, according to your usual schedule, to avoid a situation where passersby see an empty house waiting to be the target for thieves.

If you want to take these timers to the next level, you can opt for a smart home device (Alexa is one example), that will even allow you to control everything from your mobile phone.

Check The Security of Windows and Doors

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Do you know that backdoor that you’ve been wanting to replace or the window that always sticks? Now is the time to make sure everything is really secure. Before you take off for your extended time away, make sure that every entry point in your house is secure and lockable.

While you might need to hire someone to make repairs, the money you put in can be worth it to keep everything in your home safe.

This can also be a necessary step if you are thinking about selling your home, or renting, if you’ll be gone for more than a few weeks, or if you do want to install a home security system.

Prune, Weed, and Check Tree Health

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An unruly front yard is another sign that a home might not be lived in. Before you take off, spend a weekend getting your yard in order and also making sure that you don’t have any trees that might be in danger of toppling over during a storm or irrigation issues that might be subject to flooding.

Having a gardener come and check on your house during an extended time when you’ll be away can be helpful if you have a big front yard, or have plants that require some extra TLC. 

Power Off

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Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and while it’s impossible to prepare for everything, another way to keep your home safe if you’ll be travelling for more than a few days is to unplug any devices or appliances that might be affected by a surge or loss in power.

Using up or throwing away perishables in your fridge can be a good last step when getting your home ready for your departure.

You can even unplug devices like toasters or coffee makers since they will still draw power if they aren’t being used. This not only secures your home, but it can also save you money on your electricity bill while you are away.

Securing your home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming or expensive project with a few steps taken in advance.

For the ultimate peace of mind, you can even have a friend or neighbour stop by to check on your home. With some advanced planning, your home will be ready for its vacation too.

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Liz Shemaria
Liz Shemaria

Liz is an Italy-based journalist and third-generation Northern Californian who has trekked solo in Nepal, interviewed artists in military-ruled Burma, and once rode an overnight train across Egypt on her birthday. She has contributed to more than a dozen travel and news publications including Fodor’s guidebooks, AFAR, BBC Travel, and Roads & Kingdoms.

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