A vacation is a period of time during which we should completely relax, take it easy, and enjoy our time-out. After all the stressful activities like work, school, and other everyday duties and chores, we all need some time off.
However, a lot of us tend to worry about our empty homes when on vacation, which can ruin our mood. Of course, we’re not saying that people worry without reason. An empty house is an easy prey for burglars (you’ve seen Home Alone), but there are also numerous other things that can go wrong while you’re away. Therefore, in order to make sure that you will actually be able to enjoy your trip – be it just a weekend, or a whole month – you need to take several steps and protect your house.
Here are some of the best options:
“This is my house. I have to defend it!”
This famous line that Kevin from “Home Alone” said should be a guide to all of us. However, instead of the complicated and very dangerous traps he sets up, you can go for safer and more effective ones.
- Install home surveillance cameras and sensors. Nowadays, everything is connected via the Internet, so you’ll be able to see what’s going on back home even if you’re far away.
- Leave the lights on. This is a cheap trick, but it works…most of the time. You can take this up a notch and get one of those timers that automatically control the lights on the porch and in the rooms. Just make sure you set it to random, so it doesn’t look suspicious or obvious.
- Don’t close the curtains and blinds! It’s the first sign that nobody’s home, and it will make it easier for burglars to roam inside without being detected. Instead, leave them in their normal positions, so they don’t look suspicious. Also, that way your friends and neighbors can peek inside whenever they are passing by to make sure that everything is ok.
Burglars stealing our valuables is usually the first thing that comes to our minds when we’re about to take off. However, sometimes you simply can’t predict when a pipe is about to burst, or a similar house accident is about to happen, so you should take care of what you can before you leave.
- Check all the pipes and faucets. If you have a leaky one, fix it before you leave, since even the occasional dripping can make your bill significantly bigger.
- If you live in colder areas, and you’re about to go away on a winter trip, follow these tips. It’s good to have someone who will come and let water run through (preferably all) your pipes.
- Empty your fridge. You don’t want your milk to talk to you by the time you come back!
- Make sure you’ve cleaned all the food from all the areas, especially the kids’ room, because all those cockroaches won’t pay rent.
- Unplug all the electric appliances. This is an essential step because of two reasons: you won’t have to worry about fire outbreaks, and your bill will be lower.
- Water your plants, and make sure they receive enough water in your absence.
Choose someone you trust to take care of your house for you, while you’re not there. These people can be your cousins, in-laws, close friends, or friendly neighbors. However, if you can’t find anyone, don’t despair! Go for house sitting and be sure that your house will be in good hands.
As you can see, if you make a solid plan and prepare your house before you go on a vacation, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your time off.