Really put up your feet during your next vacation with proper home security. There’s no need to spend your time away worrying and stressing about what’s happening at home or whether your possessions are safe. Do these five things before you leave, and you can take for a worry-free (or at least less stressful) vacation next time you head out for that eagerly awaited break from your normal day-to-day life.
1. Secure the Outside of Your Home
Home security includes everyday maintenance to make sure you feel confident in your home. Yearly, check ups on your home’s roof, pipes, and any other systems prone to age and malfunction is always a good idea. This way you have a good idea of the state of your home.
Outdoor Fix Ups
If you are worried about certain items in the home, fix things up before you go on vacation, especially those things that may be on the brink of breaking. Whether it’s your roof or a malfunctioning sprinkler system, anything that you’re not sure of is going to be weighing on your mind. Repair any leaks, holes, broken locks or fences, etc. so that your home is secured from the outside from both potential Home Alone villains as well as from the damage caused by a leaky roof or burst water line.
It can also be a good idea to invest in an outdoor wired security system with cameras and lighting. This acts not only as a deterrent to others but it is also a great way to give you eyes on your property so that you can check-in and catch a fallen branch or any other act of nature that may occur while you’re gone. Being able to check in on your home via a smartphone and being able to access recorded footage of anything suspicious can be a huge stress-reliever for homeowners.
2. Secure the Inside of Your Home
Following the same logic as above, using indoor home security and home automation through a wired alarm system is a good idea for homeowners. That way you’ll never have to wonder if you left the stove on, or whether or not the neighbor has been feeding/taking out Rufus.
Home Security Programs
There are many different home security programs and systems you can use in your home. There are even options for homeowners to check in to their house via smartphone when there is an unusual motion detected or when someone approaches your front door.
You may also want to include 24/7 monitoring with your home security system. Monitoring provides extra security for you and your home with professional help that can send in the event of a problem (e.g. a fire, or break-in).
Smart Home Automation
Other smart home automation; carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, water sensors, window/door sensors, and pipe sensors, are great ways to be alerted to any problems before they become really damaging.
You’ll really be able to relax knowing that you will be alerted to problems before they become a huge deal.
And, of course, before you leave you’ll want to make sure leaks and locks are taken care of at the simple level.
3. Unplug/Turn Off Power Strips
It seems simple, but doing an extra run-through of your house to make sure lights, devices, and appliances are turned off can be a great way to get that extra peace of mind and protect your home. This includes unplugging things as well as turning off power strips.
It also protects your wallet from unnecessary hikes in your energy bill.
Investing in home automation will allow you to set these electronics on schedules, including your lights, furnace, or air conditioner. You can make sure all is well directly from your smartphone.
4. Get a Trusted Friend or Neighbor to Check In
Have a trusted friend or family member bring your mail in, take care of pets, etc.
This makes your home look occupied. Plus, it can be reassuring to many homeowners to have a trusted friend checking on their possessions while they’re away.
Your friend can also catch things–like leaky plumbing or lights left on–if you don’t have a home security system to do it yourself.
Obviously a home security system will catch things right away vs the time it might take for someone to notice something amiss. But if you don’t have one right now, this method can help you enjoy your vacation more.
5. Have the Appearance of Being Home
If you look like you’re home, it’s less likely that someone will try to break in or bother your home or possessions.
Using Home Automation
Using home automation, both indoors and outdoors can give this appearance. You can schedule lights to turn off and on, you can use motion sensor floodlights to come on if there is movement. You can turn your TV or even music on or off. It doesn’t matter where you are as long as you have WiFi and a smartphone. Home automation can work in tandem with a wired security system to make sure your home is well protected while you are away.
By securing your home before you go, you’ll be able to take that worry-free vacation you’ve been planning.
So make sure to secure your home inside and outside, keep on top of maintenance, have a trusted friend check in, and, most of all, install your own wired home security system. These five things will keep your home safer and your mind feeling more rested while you’re away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are 24/7 monitoring companies worth it?
A: Many monitoring companies average $30 a month for a regular contract, and that usually comes with a time commitment of some sort (1-3 years). Your insurance premiums may go down with the addition of a monitoring company. Many homeowners feel monitoring helps them feel more at ease. If there’s a reason you can’t respond to an alarm, your security monitoring will contact emergency help for you. Ultimately it’s up to you and your budget, but an alarm company agreement doesn’t have to break the bank as long as you do your research before signing on the dotted line.
Q: Will a home security system lower my insurance premium?
A: Many insurance companies will lower your premium if you have a home security system. You’ll have to check with your insurance company to see what they offer.