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Published on March 28th, 2017 | by Rael Tooch

Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation.

When it comes to vacations we generally ensure we have travel protection insurance, sun block if going to a hot climate, warm clothes if going skiing, but we often forget to protect one of our most prized possessions – our home.

Here Are a Few Simple Tips to Protect Your Home and Give You Peace of Mind:

Ask Your Neighbour for Help.
Inform your neighbour that you will be on vacation for a while and ask them to keep an eye on your home. Give them a key, so that they can water your plants, feed the cat, bring mail/flyers in and ensure there is movement in and around the house. Be sure to bring them back a gift as a token of your appreciation.

Look Like You’re Home.
A dark house at night immediately says ‘you’re out of town’. Leaving lights on for the entire time you’re away, also suggests you’re not home. To create an illusion that your home is occupied, invest in various timers. They plug right into an outlet and turn your lights on and off at certain times. You can do the same with TV’s – the noise and flickering is what you want. If you can, ask your neighbor to rake the leaves, shovel the snow or bring in your garbage.

Keep Your Home Maintenance Going.
If you have a garden service, pool service or landscaping team that regularly services your home, ensure this schedule continues while you are away.

Lay Low on Social Media.
This is one of the biggest mistakes vacationers make – notifying the world that they will be away. While on vacation, snap away and take as many photos as you like, just do not post them while you’re gone. You will have plenty of time to post once you’re safely home. Also, advise your kids to do the same thing.

Install an Outdoor Sensor Light.
Motion sensor lights are good to have and provide that added security all year-round. They are inexpensive and easy to install.

Get a Home Security System and Advertise it.
A security system will not only protect you while on vacation but also while you’re at home. It’s a huge deterrent for burglars especially if you advertise it. Apply stickers near your front and back door, as well as side doors of your garage and windows.

Remove Your Hidden Key.
Most of us leave a key for our front door under the mat, in a plant or a garden item. Since you’ll be out of town, remove the key and store it somewhere safe. You can always put it back once you return.

Hire a House or Pet-sitter.
If you can afford to and know someone who is trustworthy, then make the investment and hire a house or pet-sitter. Alternatively, a sibling or relative may be a cheaper option.

 

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