After many months of putting travel plans on hold, airports, hotels, and resorts are busy again and you may be gearing up for your own summer getaway. As you dust the cobwebs off of your suitcase and get all of your documents in order don’t forget to prep your home for your time away. Especially if you are going to be away for more than a few days, you’ll want to take some safety precautions to make sure that your home will be exactly as you leave it when you return from your trip. While a homeowners association or neighborhood watch is a great asset, it’s better to be safe than sorry. With some pre-planning you can get everything ready so that you can feel relaxed as you get ready for your next adventure.
Assess your landscaping
If you have a front yard, chances are you’ll need a gardener or irrigation system to keep your garden thriving while you are away this summer. There are two benefits of this because not only will you save your plants, you’ll also eliminate a red flag that can tell thieves that you are away. An irrigation system on an automatic timer can be an investment if you travel often and have a relatively low-maintenance garden that doesn’t need to be trimmed frequently. If you are thinking about selling your home soon, you can also keep up your home’s curb appeal, which is what real estate agents call how your home looks to buyers from the street.
Security systems and power check
There are two good reasons why you want to check your power usage before you take off for your trip. First, having electronics like monitors, TVs, and appliances plugged in is still going to cost you money, even if those devices aren’t in use; unplugging them will lower your bill and keep your home safe in case of a power surge while you are away. However, some electricity is a plus as you can set lights in main areas of your home on timers for a safety measure along with a security system. Even if you aren’t home you can create the illusion that you are, to protect yourself as a target from thieves.
Think of the unthinkable
Depending on where you live, you may need to face the likelihood of a natural disaster, like a wildfire, or that someone could break into your home while you are away. While this isn’t a fun subject to consider, there are steps you can take to make sure that what you do leave behind is secure. A fireproof safe in a concealed part of your home can be an ideal place to store expensive jewelry, heirlooms, and important documents that you aren’t taking with you. You could also take it a step further by taking these items to a safe deposit box for extra security. You may also want to consider updating your homeowner’s insurance for natural disasters or simply to up your coverage amount, before taking an extended trip, using a net proceeds calculator or an appraisal to see just how much everything is worth.
By taking steps to get your house ready before you take off for your vacation, you’ll have peace of mind so you can enjoy yourself in full relaxation mode this summer.