How to keep your home safe while you’re on holiday
10th May 2019
You’ve been counting down the days to your summer holiday, you’ve double checked your passport and packed your sun cream, but what protection have you put in place for your home?
It’s easy to get carried away and slip into holiday mode, but with domestic burglaries up by 30%, according to the latest police figures, you do need to keep your biggest asset as safe as possible.
We know there’s a lot to think about, so here are our top tips to keep your home safe while you enjoy your well-deserved summer holiday.
Who to tell
Telling a trusted neighbour you’re going away is a good idea; broadcasting your trip to the world is not! You may want to share the countdown on Facebook and your holiday snaps on Instagram but think about who else can see these posts. Even if your social media profiles are set to private, they can still be seen by friends of friends, so make sure you don’t give away too much about your empty home to the wrong people.
Asking a neighbour or family member to check on your property and take out your bins can be enough of a deterrent to anyone watching your home. Activity around the property can really help, and just letting a few close people know will mean that they will keep an eye on anything suspicious while you’re away.
What to turn off
We always laugh when we hear the advice that you should turn off everything at the plug before a holiday, apart from the faithful fridge, but this advice isn’t actually as silly as it sounds. We know that your belongings are unlikely to all of a sudden combust when you’re on holiday, but this tip does reduce the risk of fires and saves you money on your utility bills.
Before you leave, check that the heating is off to avoid unnecessarily heating an empty house or if you’re away during the winter we recommend turning down the thermostat, this will not only save you money but will protect the house from frozen pipes. By unplugging everything that you won’t need in your absence, you won’t have to sit worrying whether the iron is off as your plane takes off.
How to prepare
You can create the impression of being home and avoid the signs of an empty house with a little simple preparation. You can prevent the tell-tale signs of an empty home by stopping your milk/paper delivery and even using the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service until you’re back.
The latest smart home gadgets can help you easily create the impression that you’re home without resorting to the old trick of leaving the landing light on. You can now buy plugs for your TV and lighting that connect to your smartphone via a simple app. You can turn things on around the home whenever you want – you can even use it to turn the heating on ready for your arrival home!
It’s understandable that you get excited about a holiday; after all, you’ve worked hard all year for it. But it’s also important not to neglect everything you’re leaving behind. We hope our advice has helped you prepare and enjoy your time away. If you are planning to sell this summer, contact David for a free valuation, he can even conduct viewings whilst you’re away to keep your sale moving.