You’re bags are packed and you’re ready to hit the road, but is your home prepared?
Spring break family vacations are just around the corner and you’re probably focused on booking flights, organizing activities and figuring out what to pack. Unfortunately, many thieves know that you’re pre-occupied, resulted in an increase in house thefts during this time.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prepare your home and minimize the risk of a break-in, allowing you to rest easy knowing your home is ready for your return.
Don’t post your vacation plans on social media.
Announcing that you’ll be out of the house on social media can be an open invitation to thefts. Wait until you are back from vacation to post vacation pictures.
Avoid an empty-looking house.
Put a least one light on a timer–the kitchen or back of the house is a great area since its often a go-to for burglaries. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway and collect mail, newspapers, etc. or have delivery stopped while you are gone (sign up at holdmail.usps.com/holdmail. Consider using a home webcam monitor system like Ugolog or ISpy Connect that allows you to monitor you home from an app.
Notify neighbors and credit card companies.
Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbor in case they notice any suspicious activity. It’s a good a idea to let at least family member know where you are going and your itinerary as well.
Notify your credit card company that you will be out of town, especially if you are traveling out of the country. Credit card companies often put freezes on cards when they see unusual activity in a different location—so avoid that vacation mood-killer. Also notify your security company that you’ll be out of town.
Avoid electrical fires or flooding.
Unplug any small appliances and turn off the water supply to flood prone spots like the dishwasher and washing machine. The last thing you want to come home to is a flooded kitchen or laundry room.
Keep your insurance information handy.
Many vacationers don’t think about bringing their insurance information with them on vacation, but it can come in handy if you have a rental car or rental apartment break-in. To be safe, keep a card in your wallet with your insurance company’s contact information in case of a claim.
Keep it Fresh.
Clean out your fridge to ensure food doesn’t rot and take out any trash in the household that might cause an odor. Open closet doors to avoid must and set your thermostat to a cool temperature if you live in a humid area to avoid mold and mildew growth.
Taking these steps to prep your home before vacation allows you to fully enjoy your well-deserved trip without the worry of a home invasion or disaster. Don’t forget the most important step of all—have a great time on your getaway!