It’s always nice to have peace of mind about your home when you’re doing an extended vacation. Being able to come back to it (and everything in/around it) in one piece.
In our rush to get out the door – we tend to forget the little things and that puts our homes at risk.
There’s plenty that could go wrong, too:
· Environmental damage
· Problematic utilities
· Unnecessary expenses
You don’t want that, do you? Of course not, which is why we’re digging into this post…
Before You Go: Do These Things
From securing the home from intruders to making sure the plants are watered. Here’s a list of what you should do before heading out the door.
Broadcasting your intentions to take a long vacation makes your home an easy target for tech-savvy burglars monitoring social media. These are the types that profile your home based on its lack of activity such as overgrown grass/hedges or newspapers piling in the driveway.
There are a few ways to deter these individuals:
· Buying one of the package deals with ADT for home monitoring
· Having a trusted neighbor or family member regularly check the place
· Using timers and motion detector lights to simulate activity
· Scheduling lawn maintenance to keep the yard healthy and deter snooping
· Thoroughly cleaning the home so it’s not a mess when you’re back
· Taking tons of photos and videos for your personal, insurance documentation
Other items you’ll want to do for securing the home include making sure all doors/windows are locked, placing webcams to visually monitor the inside/outside, and unplugging electronics (to prevent fires).
For You (and Family)
It’s only the home you should prepare – it’s you and the family, too.
This would include:
· Travel kit – Stocked with reading materials, medications, and important documents you may need while on the road.
· Unlocked Phone – For when you’re out of the country and need cell service; you can snag a SIM card when you arrive (plus the benefit of GPS and messaging).
· Pet Care – Whether it’s boarding the pets or having a sitter come by 3x a day to feed, walk, and interact with the pets.
· Travel Apps – Let you organize your vacation by collecting the important items like itinerary and bookings in one place.
· Personal Hygiene – You shouldn’t have trouble finding these wherever you’re going but it does make it easier not having to hunt for them.
Of course, you should mentally prepare yourself for the journey. You’ll face new, exciting activities which could cause anxiety. Build up your resiliency by learning everything you can about the place and keeping your cool in stressful situations.
When You Come Back: Do These Things, Too
Hopefully, everything is a-okay and in its place once you and family return from the vacation. If you do notice something out of place, then don’t chance it.
A) Take photos (in case of an incident)
B) Get a third-party to come over
Heed the advice of documenting your home items and status before leaving. This way you can compare the before and after photos if something did happen. Also, you’ll want an extra there to get a fresh set of eyes on the domain or – in the very rare incident – someone’s still lurking.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Going on an extended vacation is exciting – to the point you could easily skip preparation. Be sure to run through this list so your home is taken care of when you’re away. It only takes a few extra hours to have everything set which is far better than hours of stress and mental anguish when you’re away.