Oh the places you’ll go! Now that the world is opening up (to a degree) and traveling has become safer, many people are packing their bags and departing on all the adventures they weren’t able to in 2020. Top agent insights have shown us that many people are selling and buying their homes this year, and that means that once people have completed their real estate goals, they’re probably ready for a nice getaway!
This poses the age old question of how to keep your home safe while nobody is home. We’ve spent so much time in our houses last year that many of us can’t even imagine leaving it all alone. Luckily, we were able to go back into the archives of 2019 to put together some tips for keeping your home safe and sound while you’re away!
Install a Security System
Home security systems are a no-brainer when it comes to keeping intruders out of your home. These days, there are a ton of options including cameras, electronic gate control system, alarm systems, motion sensors, and many more. However, if you’re the type of person who wants to have a watchful eye on your home constantly, then consider a system that is operated by a company that will examine security footage and contact both you and the authorities. If you’re less concerned with having a company look over your house or you’re on a tighter budget, then install a system that is more passive. Some home security systems use cameras and alarms to keep watch over your home and most of these might connect to your smart device.
Did you know that having a security system installed can also increase the value of your home, which you can see by consulting a home value estimator. Choose one that is right for you and your budget.
Check Your Alarms
Before taking off, do a check of all of your alarms and security systems. Make sure that fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are either plugged in or have new batteries. Leaving your home without these inspected can put it at an especial risk since nobody will be home. If you did install a security system, make sure that it’s armed and ready before you leave! A double or triple check can mean the difference of your home being vulnerable to damage and to intruders.
Alert Your Neighbors
If you live in an area with neighbors, give them a heads up that you’ll be out of town. They can keep an extra eye out for your home and can let you know if anything looks suspicious. Some neighborhoods will even have a neighborhood watch program that works hand in hand with authorities to keep areas safe and secure. If you’re planning on moving and are searching for the best neighborhood for you, choose one that has a community of people who will look out for you and your home.
Do a Run Through
Last but not least, right before you’re about to leave for your trip, do a final walkthrough. Create a checklist before you forget and write down any important items in the weeks and days approaching your trip. Something you might want to take a look at before you leave, especially if you live in a storm or rain-prone area, is the state of the roof and gutters. Before you leave on vacation, you might want to get your home’s gutters thoroughly cleaned (with professional help, of course – Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Lawrence or others could be of service) so that they work efficiently enough to prevent any possible water damage to your house while you’re away.
Check for any hazards, like appliances running or electronics still plugged in. You would be surprised to see how easy it usually is to miss some of these items. When you depart, you’ll want to be as stress-free as possible when you’re on your vacation!