You’ll want to keep your home secure while you’re on vacation. In fact, it should be one of your top priorities as you plan to travel. Yet, this detail is often overlooked or only given a cursory effort. Your home is your most important and probably most valuable asset. You should do whatever you can to keep it safe, even when you’re not there physically. Read on to find out more about steps you can take to keep your house safe while you’re away.
Put the Right Home Insurance in Place
Having the right home insurance in place is important.
That’s because your existing policy might not cover you if you’re away from the home for an extended vacation.
Many policies will and you can always add that extra coverage.
But you first need to find out whether you have that covered or not. It’s always best to be safe and to double check before you assume anything.
Lock Away Valuable Assets
If you leave valuable assets in your home while you’re away traveling, take extra steps to protect them.
You don’t want your valuable items to be easy to find. Before you leave, store anything of value in a safe to which only you know the code to unlock it.
And if you’re worried about something in particular being stolen, move it out of the home and store it securely elsewhere.
Don’t Let the House Look Unoccupied
The last thing you want is for the home to look as if no one’s in it. That’s exactly when your home becomes much more likely to get targeted by criminals.
- Let people drop by for lunch on your beautiful patio
- Have someone house sit while you’re away
- Consider renting your home out while you travel
These options ensure your place won’t be empty and then you won’t have to worry so much.
Use an Alternative Mailing Address for Deliveries
It’s a dead giveaway that you’re not home when everyone can see the mail bulging in your mailbox or newspapers piling up on your door mat.
Worse, it’s an easy signal to burglars that your home isn’t occupied and makes it an easy target for theft.
So instead of worrying about that, you could use a real postal mail delivery address. That way, your mail will be directed elsewhere while you’re away.
Don’t Shout About the Fact You’re Going to be Away
Before you head off traveling, don’t announce it too loudly to that many people.
That’s why it’s safer to set your social media profile to “private.” Then, only people you know and trust online will be aware that you’re away.
Even better still, keep this fact off social media altogether. Instead, post your photos and stories when you’re home sweet home.
Final Thoughts on How to Keep Your Home Secure
When you’re away from home, remember that your property is at its most vulnerable.
That’s why it’s so important to take care of it as part of your travel planning and preparations.
A little trouble upfront can make the difference between coming home to a break in or getting calls from the police while you’re away–to having the of your life while you’re on vacation.
We think it’s a no-brainer.
Photo credit: Lock – Schluesseldienst (Pixabay)
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