Planning a well-deserved vacation in the near future? There's nothing like taking the opportunity to relax, recharge and enjoy your favorite travel destination. As you prepare for your big trip, be sure to take a few minutes to make sure that your home will be secure while you're gone. It won't take much time from your day, and the peace of mind that everything is taken care of back home always makes traveling more enjoyable.
Our REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates give you the tips you need on how to secure your home whether you're planning a staycation or a dream vacation.
10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation
A security system is a smart investment if you haven't installed one already, but there are also plenty of low-tech tips that make a big difference. The key is to make it look like your home is occupied, even when you're away on a trip. The key steps for how to secure your home require a bit of planning ahead, and it helps to have a good relationship with your neighbors, as well.
- Start simple, by remembering to lock everything. This may sound obvious, but it's actually easy to forget to lock a few rarely used windows or doors. You won't regret doing a quick double-check.
- Don't forget to secure your garage door. It's one of the easiest spots to forget, especially if your travel vehicle will be inside the garage before you depart.
- Secure all spare keys, even if they're already well-hidden. If someone will be coming to check on your home, leave a spare key with them rather than hiding it on your property.
- A sturdy safe is a wise investment, and gives you a place to store your most prized valuables while you're gone. In the worst case scenario of a break-in, that added layer of protection can make all the difference.
- A stuffed mailbox is a telltale sign of an unattended home, so be sure to put your mail delivery on hold before you leave. Ask a trusted person to pick it up for you, or simply contact the postal service to request a mail hold while you're on vacation.
- Be careful what you post about your vacation on social media while you're away. Sharing about your trip is part of the fun, but it's best to wait until you're back home to do so.
- If you have a home security system, let your security company know the dates of your vacation. Advance notice makes it easier for them to spot any unusual activities while you're gone.
- If you don't have a security system, now might be the perfect time to consider the investment. A basic system won't cost much, and will dramatically improve your home security.
- One low-tech security solution is to set a few bright interior lights on a timer while you're gone. When your lights are on in the evening, your home is less likely to be targeted.
- Last but definitely not least, ask a trusted friend, relative, or neighbor to check in on your house while you're gone. Even if you've got a strong security system, it's nice to be able to make a phone call and get the “all clear” directly from someone you trust.
The most underrated part about vacations? No matter how great your destination, a vacation always makes returning to your own home that much sweeter. Contact our team at RE/MAX DFW Associates to find a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate area.