You’re familiar with Murphy’s law, right? If anything can go wrong, it will. Especially if you’re on vacation, which is the worst time for a household disaster. There are two most devastating thoughts that most often bother us when we’re on vacation: did we leave the stove on and did someone break in?
Albeit, there are plenty of equally terrible things that could happen, like your hydrangeas dying, and in order to avoid any of these dangers, you should read the following tips. They could make all the difference.
The Internet is Not Private
While you might have waited a whole year to declare to all your Facebook friends how you’re going on a vacation, just think about it for a second. The Internet is a public place, and while you might have been thinking this whole time that you’re safe in your own bubble of friends, all of that is an illusion, and you can never be quite sure who’s watching. Additionally, if you still own an answering machine, be careful what it says to others. People only need to know that you can’t come to the phone, not that you’re out of town.
Have a Friend Help Out
It would be nice if someone you trust could check on your house every day for a minute or two, water the plants and feed the cat(s), wouldn’t it? But it might not be as easy as it sounds, so make sure you first bribe your friends with some cookies or a bottle of their favorite wine, and ask them to simply walk by your house every day, maybe pop in and “check” on the plants, etc.
Make sure to provide that friend with your contact information and any other important number, and give them the keys to every part of your house. If you don’t have a garage, give them a spare key to your car - you never know when they will have to move it.
Should You Close the Curtains?
A big dilemma is whether closing the curtains while you’re away is beneficial or not, and the answer is: it’s not. While you might think that closed curtains might stop people from peering into your home, it actually sends off a signal that the house is empty and it also prevents the police or your neighbors from seeing if someone broke in.
The best thing to do is leave the curtains open the same way you would if you were there, and put all of your valuables out of plain sight.
Don’t Leave the Lights On
Leaving the lights on during your vacation will not only make your electricity bill so high you’d wish you stayed on your vacation for good, but the effect will be the same as if you left them off. It won’t achieve anything. Criminals are not easily fooled and if they see that the lights are constantly on, they will know something is off.
Instead, either have a friend turn the lights of and on every once in a while or buy one of those cheap light timers you can program to turn the lights on and off at specific times. That should be enough to fool anyone into thinking that you never even left.
Check Your Locks
Prepare for your vacation as early as possible. The worst thing that could happen is realizing that one of the locks is off just as you’re about to set sail. So, make sure to double check your locks and have a trusted residential locksmith make any repairs needed and give you as many spare keys as you might need.
Notify the Police
You can notify your local police station that you’re leaving on a prolonged vacation, and ask them to devote a minute of their time and check on your house the next time they’re on patrol in your neighborhood. This will be especially effective if you live in a small town, where people know each other and the police are friendly.
By following these tips, you can rest assured that you home is safe and sound, your plants are watered and the cat is well fed.