Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

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As summer quickly approaches, we all like to head out of town to relax and enjoy some cooler weather. The last thing you want to do while on vacation is stress about the security of your home and everything you love that is inside of it.  Living in the safest areas will provide some sense of security, but let’s be realistic, crime can happen anywhere!  Here are some tips to keeping your home safe.

-Hire a house or pet sitter. Having someone come in your home on a regular basis while you are away is a great way to deter crime. It leaves the illusion that you are home or at the very least someone is coming in and out at varying times. This option can be a little costly but may be well worth it.
-Have the post office hold your mail while away. They are able to do this for 3 to 30 days. This is especially a good idea when your mail box is on your property.
-Invest in some timers for your lights. Head over to the local home improvement store pick up a few timers and set them to go on and off every day while away.  Again gives the illusion someone is home.
-Have your landscaping taken care of if you’ll be gone for a while.  If your lawn is starting to get overgrown it is a good indication no one has been around to take care of it.
-Check your locks on everything before heading out.  It is easy to forget this simple step.  You may have opened a window and forgotten to lock it afterward, go through everything and check.
-Keep your social media announcements about traveling to a minimum. It’s fun to tell good friends and family of your travels, but be wary about posting your every move, you just never know who could be reading it. Save the photos of your trip to post till after you’re home.
-If parking in long term parking at the airport do not leave your GPS or garage door opener in the car.  A thief could break into your car and GPS their way back to your house and click your garage door open.
-Having a home security system is a great way to have your home monitored while away.  It can also detect fire or carbon monoxide.  Some systems are so advanced now you can have it programmed to turn on lights and some even have video cameras so you can see your home while away.  This would definitely be a long term investment for your home.

Taking just a few extra precautions can really give your home the added protection it needs!

No time for a vacation? Then let’s find your dream home so you feels like you are living on a vacation every day! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477