It seems that bad things always happen to your house while you’re on vacation. Whether it’s a power outage, a busted pipe or even a break-in, your house is more vulnerable while you’re not around. No one wants to return from a relaxing vacation to find a serious problem that needs immediate attention.
Travelling is one of the best joys life has to offer so we can’t let the risk of something bad happening to our home allow us to miss out on the adventure. For that reason, we’ve gathered some tips on how to keep your home safe and your mind at ease when you’re too busy having fun to worry.
- Ask a Friend or Neighbor for Help – Asking a favor or a close friend or neighbor to simply keep an eye on your house can be a great way to provide peace of mind while you’re away. Even better if you ask them to bring in your mail – this will avoid tipping off thieves that you’ve been gone a while.
- Don’t Post Your Plans – It might be difficult but try to refrain from posting details about your upcoming trip on the internet. Countdowns to the beginning of your trip or even posting real-time photos from your vacation spot just waves a flag telling people that your house is probably unattended. Hopefully no one in your social media friends group would ever take advantage of you but there’s always a chance word gets out. Post your photos after you’ve returned, and no one is the wiser.
- Notify Your Local Authorities – If you’re leaving town for more than a few weeks, it could be a good idea to let your local police or neighborhood watch know when you’ll be gone. They might go out of their way to check on your house while you’re away, especially in smaller towns and tight-knit communities.
- Leave the Lights On – Be sure to leave a light on in your house to give off the impression that you’re home when you’re not. To avoid the extra electricity cost, you could purchase a light switch timer that will automatically turn a light on and off from a timer.
- Pause Your Mail – It’s highly recommended that you “stop” your mail before leaving on a long trip if you don’t already have someone picking it up for you on a regular basis. It’s easy to place a hold on your mail for a limited amount of time at USPS.com.
- Pull the Plug – To avoid possible power surges, especially if you’re in an area known for power outages, unplug your large appliances. Leave your refrigerator off that list, however. Pulling the plug from TVs, computers, stereos and other appliances can also help you save power and money!
- Bring in the Spare Key – If you keep a spare key out for neighbors, friends or family, it’s a good idea to bring the key in from its hiding place while you’re away. If someone has enough time to look for it, they’ll find it.
Henry Ford Village residents enjoy the peace of mind knowing that their homes are well taken care of and looked after. With 24-hour security, residents of the gated community know that they don’t have to worry about crime, maintenance or untimely accidents because they’re covered.
Learn more about the secure and maintenance-free lifestyle at Henry Ford Village.