It’s official. Spring is in the air and your vacation plans may not be far behind. Whether you are embarking on a weekend getaway or an extended trip, it’s critical that you make arrangements to ensure the safety of your new home. Implementing the following suggestions will give you increased peace of mind on your get-away and a way to meet your neighbors, too!
Get to know your neighbors, especially next door and across the street from you. If they haven’t introduced themselves already, go over and do it yourself. If there isn’t a formal Neighborhood Watch program instituted on your block, this might be a good time to start one. You’re bound to have a neighbor willing to watch over your home while you are away so make sure you offer to do the same for them when they go away. Ask them if they’ll notify you or the police if something alarming occurs while you’re gone. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses right then, so you have them in your database.
- It’s always best when your home appears to be occupied while you are away. Timers and volunteer police patrols can be utilized, and newspapers and mail can be placed on hold, unless you have a large, locking mailbox. You could also ask a friend to visually check-in on your home.
- Try using a deadbolt or locking mechanism on your garage door while you are away for long periods of time and secure any pet entrances.
- Remember that a well-maintained and well-lit home with timed lights and motion detectors can be a deterrent, as can loud dogs. Of course if you have a pet, you’ll also need to plan for its care while vacationing. Board your dog, hire a pet sitter, or have your neighbor feed your pets and walk them. If there’s a child in the neighborhood who loves pets this is a great short job for them.
When you return, be sure to begin all suspended services again. You will also want to thank those who watched over your new home so they will feel so inclined when your next vacation comes up.