Whether you’re traveling for days, weeks, or months, it’s important to take care of your home. How can you manage that when you’re away on holiday? It’s a tricky situation, and I know lots of people who feel really stressed when they’re away from home. They worry about whether or not their house is safe and if they’re going to return to smashed windows and who knows what else!?
You need not worry as there are multiple things you can do to keep your home – and all the belongings inside – safe.
Put your valuables in secure storage
If you have things in your home that are worth a lot, both financially and emotionally, it’s worth removing them while you’re away. For those times where you’re only away for a few days, you can give them to a close friend or family member to look after. But, if you’re away for a long time – or if you have lots of valuables – consider putting them in storage. Companies like This Side Up Moving & Storage will help you pack your belongings and keep them locked away until you return. At the very least, this should calm your nerves as you know nothing valuable is at risk in your house. When you come back, just call the storage company you used, and they will help you move everything back.
Get a video doorbell
Smart doorbells are super useful when you’re away from home. Even when you’re at work, they’re very handy at dealing with delivery drivers or checking to see if anyone suspicious is on your property. But, when you’re on holiday, they are twice as useful. Effectively, you have a little security camera that shows the front of your house via an app. When the bell rings, you will get a notification on your phone, and you can actually talk to whoever is there. If you spot something suspicious, just alert a neighbor or a friend to check on things for you. It brings peace of mind and has far more uses as well.
Don’t forget to set your alarm
First of all, check how old the alarm system is in your home. I bet that most of you will have really outdated systems that probably don’t even work. People rarely seem to use security alarms anymore, or they just don’t arm them. So, before you go away, make sure that you have an up-to-date security system that works. Then, be sure you set it as you leave the house. This will basically arm your home against any unwanted visitors. If someone tries to break in, your alarm will sound and alert the authorities. It could also scare any unwanted visitors away before they try to take anything.
Consider looking for a house sitter
Those of you that are super worried about your home might benefit from a house sitter. Do you have any friends or family members you can trust to look after your home? If so, reach out and ask if they’re willing to basically live in your house while your away. Or, if they could just pop in now and then to sort out the mail and make it look like someone lives there. This really sets your mind at ease as you know someone is looking after your home for you. It will also deter any security threats as most people don’t attempt to enter a house that someone’s clearly in. It’s the houses that look dead and empty that get robbed the most.
Alternatively, you could take a slightly different route and rent out your home. This only really works if you’re gone for months on end. Your home will be protected as someone’s living there, and the estate agent should also manage things for you. Plus, you can earn some extra travel money to keep extending your time abroad!
Turn off the water
If nobody is staying in your house, you may as well turn off the water. There’s no reason to do this other than to calm your craziest of thoughts. With the water supply turned off, there will be no risk of your house randomly flooding. Who knows, a faucet could come loose and turn on, leading to a flood in your home.
Yes, this is very rare and almost guaranteed not to happen. But, if you want to give yourself some extra assurance, turn the water off.
Apply these tips when you next set off on holiday. For once, you can enjoy the beauty of traveling without worrying about if your home is safe or not!