When you’re constantly traveling, it’s common to worry about your home. After all, the last thing you want is for someone to notice you’re not home and help themselves to your valuables.
Here are some tips for keeping your home safe when you go away:
Get a House sitter
There are plenty of websites devoted to house sitting, and many people use it as a way to travel around the world. It’s a win/win situation- you get a responsible person to look after your home and feed your pets, and they get a lovely place to stay so they can explore your local neighbourhood.
Talk to a friend
One good way to ensure that you don’t have any problems with your home is to ask a friend to pop around every few days. Get them to take your mail inside, water your plants, check that everything is fine, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
One of the biggest ways that thieves can tell you’re not home is when the lights never go on at night. You won’t want to spend a lot of money on your electricity bill though (plus a house lit up at 3am every morning is also going to look suspicious, so consider investing in a light timer so they’ll come on and off automatically and give the impression that someone is home.
If the worst does happen, you can set your mind at ease by having home and contents insurance. While home insurance covers your home for things like natural disasters, fire, etc, contents will cover most of the things inside your home- like appliances, TVs, computers, furniture etc.
Watch what you say
Now that we put everything on Facebook and Twitter, it can seem like second nature to announce that you’re on vacation. However, depending on your settings, friends of friends can sometimes see this information too, and if you wouldn’t announce to a crowd of strangers that your house is unattended, you probably shouldn’t do it on the internet either. Only tell those you trust that you’re going way (and be careful about what you say on your voicemail or email signature as well).
Get a security alarm
If you go away frequently, a security alarm can be a good idea. Often they’re less expensive than you would think, and the peace of mind is well worth it. Don’t put up a sticker announcing which company you’ve gone with, as this just lets thieves know which one to prepare for if they want to try and get around it.
Don’t close your curtains
Many people assume that closing their curtains is a good idea, since it helps prevent people from looking inside to see if you’re home. However this also stops your neighbours, police, and friend from being able to see if anyone is inside. Leave your curtains the way you’d usually leave them and remove your more expensive items out of sight of the windows.
Have a look at the infographic below to know more tips: