There is nothing (nothing!) like the peace of mind and relaxation you feel when you finally get to grab a much-needed vacation. But if you’re a homeowner, it can be hard to escape that nagging feeling that something might be going on at home no matter how hard you try to relax. Read on for ways you can make extra sure that your home will be just fine if and when you want to leave for a week or two.
Make friends with your neighbours
Nosy neighbours can be both a bane and a blessing at the same time. In this case, they really are a blessing because they’ll be the first to notice if something isn’t quite right – day or night. Let any neighbours you trust know that you’re going away and for how long, and whether or not you’re expecting anyone to come by your home or not, such as a pet sitter or utility worker. If you are closer with your neighbours, ask them to pick up the paper or mail and take a peek inside every now and then to avoid it being obvious that you’re away.
Lock it up
Installing proper locks is pretty obvious, but think about it. Many home break-ins start from the garage, because people don’t think to lock their large garage doors and this might be the first place a burglar will start. And what about windows, or balcony and patio doors? Make sure everything that can be locked is locked before you go away, and install locks on any opening that doesn’t have a lock but should.
Don’t neglect maintenance
Along with having a neighbor pick up your mail or newspaper, there are other ways to make your home look active and lived-in while you’re away.
If it’s summer or fall, hire a landscaping company to keep your lawn mowed, flowers watered and leaves raked. If it’s winter, have someone plow your driveway and shovel your walkway.
A little peace of mind goes a long way when it comes to taking a vacation. Follow these tips and you’ll get there much more easily!