Summer vacations are in full swing and you’re ready to head out of town to refresh. Whether you’re planning to be gone for an extended period of time or for a long weekend, take a few steps to ensure that your home will be safe and secure while you’re away.
Take Care of the Mail
Stopping mail from the USPS is easy and free for up to 30 days. You can sign up online to have your mail held and they can deliver your mail bundle once you’re back. If taking a shorter trip, ask a child in the neighborhood to gather your mail instead. It’s an easy way to strengthen your neighbor relationship and give the child a chance to practice responsibility.
Have Electronics on a Timer
Set timers on devices and lights in various rooms for different times. Some timers even allow you to control the lights through your smartphone, where you can monitor and change things daily. Think about leaving music playing or your television on to make it sound like there are people inside your home.
Have Someone Checking on Your Home
Have a family member or friend check on your home while you’re away. Line someone up to get your trash out and bins returned on garbage day. Plan to have your lawn mowed and plants watered. If you have a home improvement project that can be done, it may be an ideal time to schedule it while you’re away. You’ll avoid the hassle and noise, and people coming in and out of the home will give the impression that it’s not empty.
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