7 Safety tips for securing your home and garage while on holidays
The anticipation of an approaching holiday is a time for genuine excitement. After working hard for most of the year, we cherish those times away with our loved ones. It should be some of the best days of our year. Let’s keep it that way!
Look at these precautions to take before you head off:
Double lock everything
You can never be too cautious when you’re leaving your home for a while. If you think you’ve locked all the doors and windows, check again anyway. It’s easy to forget one lock and that’s all it takes to make your property vulnerable. Don’t forget upper level windows as well – thieves can be resourceful! A good idea is to have another family member follow behind you and double check the locks as well.
Leave signs of life
Another great way to deter unwanted guests while on holiday is to leave subtle signs of life. You might want to leave a pair of muddy work boots near the front door, or a dog bowl with a half-eaten meal that makes it look like someone’s home. Intruders are looking for the easy mark. A car left in the driveway is another great idea if it’s an option.
There have been plenty of cool advances in technology in the last few years that can help make a home look occupied even when no one’s at home. Smart lights can be programmed to turn on and off at set times. If you have a Google Home or Amazon Echo, you can even control these remotely whenever you want to. There are also great apps that let you use a tablet as an indoor monitor. This way you can check in from time to time to see if there’s any action inside.
Spruce up the yard
If you’re not big on technology there are still many other things you can do to make your home look lived in while you’re away. Don’t forget to trim up the yard before you go. A nicely manicured lawn suggests that someone’s home or has been recently. If you’re going to be away a bit longer, it’s a good idea to try to arrange for a friend or family member to cut your lawn while you’re gone. An overgrown lawn is usually a good sign that there’s no one at home and hasn’t been for some time.
Secure your garage
If you have a garage with an entry into the house, it will need to be secured as well. It’s a good idea to disconnect the power to automatic garage doors and latch them from the inside if it’s possible. A garage can be one of the most vulnerable points of entry into a home. Be sure to have a durable, quality garage door. If you need one, contact the garage door experts at In Style Doors today on 0436 007 776 for a FREE measure and quote. We’ll be sure you get the best garage door on the market for your price range.
Over flowing mail in the mailbox is an obvious sign that no one’s been home for at least a few days. While you’re away, ask a neighbour or a friend to collect your mail for you. For extended holidays, you can also contact the local mail service and ask them to suspend your deliveries until you return.
You may think you’ve taken every precaution, but there’s still a possibility that someone may try to enter your home while you’re away. Even if you’re confident of all your efforts, it’s still a good idea to protect your most valuable items in a safe or other secure place.
Stress free holiday time
The whole idea of a holiday is so that you can relax, unwind and recharge. If you’ve secured your home using the tips and tricks above, there’s no reason that you can’t have a care-free, amazing vacation. Knowing that all your belongings are safe and secure, waiting for your return.