There’s nothing like the time leading up to a much needed vacation. Whether you’re looking forward to time to relax or going on new adventures, the time leading up to vacation can be very busy. Beyond packing your bag, double checking the itinerary and planning activities, you should also make sure your home is ready too. Use this easy checklist to make sure your home stays safe and in order while you’re away.
Your home operates on a schedule while you’re occupied and that should not change while you’re away. Keep up the appearance of regular routines and patterns so as not to draw attention to the fact that no one is home. Lights and blinds can both be scheduled at certain hours, and this is for both indoor and outdoor. Consider linking exterior lights to a motion sensor, and make sure to alert someone you trust that you won’t be home, so they can stop by if needed.
Additionally, think about the time of year that you will be out. You might still want your sprinkler system, for example, to run if you plan on being gone for an extended vacation in the summer.
The convenience of being able to check a camera on your home while you’re away or have the ability to operate a device remotely is ideal for going on vacation. Make sure all your devices are linked, working properly and connected to your phone for the proper features to work no matter where you are in the world.
If you have smart plugs installed, this will be a huge help for saving on energy costs but if not, be sure to manually turn off and unplug appliances that will not be in use while you’re out. This includes entertainment systems, home office lights and kitchen appliances that you use daily.
Pro tip: consider investing in smart locks if you plan on having a family member or close friend to check in on your house while you’re away.
Following these tips will ensure that your home stays secure and give you peace of mind while you are out enjoying your vacation.
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