As your travel advisor, we want you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. But that’s difficult to do if you’re constantly thinking about your empty home, worried about broken pipes, running toilets or home invasions. By taking these preventative steps, you can rest assured knowing your home will be safe and sound while you’re away:
A Friendly Request – Recruit a friend or family member to stay in your home while you’re away, providing them plenty of food and drink to make their stay enjoyable. At the least, give your house and car keys to a vigilant neighbor, so that they can take your mail inside or move your car if necessary.
Be Wary of the Web – Announcing “Off to Fiji!” on Facebook or Twitter is a fun way to tell your friends about your fabulous vacation plans, but it’s also broadcasting your empty home to whole lot of people. Unless you have someone watching your home, we advise to wait until your return to start posting those envy-producing beach photos.
Normality Rules – Keep your home’s appearance looking as normal as possible to deter unwanted attention. Keep your curtains open if that’s how you usually keep them (though you should hide any valuables that are easy to see from the windows). Buy a light switch timer to turn a few lights on at night.
Hide the Hidden Key – Yes, the fake rock you have in your front garden looks very authentic. Criminals will still look there for a spare key if they think you’re gone. Remove your spare and give it to a neighbor for safe keeping.
Mail Order – An overstuffed mailbox or pile of newspapers announces to everyone that you’re not home. Either place a stop-mail order with your local post office and newspaper deliverer, or have a neighbor collect your mail.