It’s that time of year again when Canadians start to plan their Southern excursions. Often referred to as snow birds, many Canadians head down south to the warmer climates to avoid Canada’s harsh Winters. Check out the following tips to help securing your home while on vacation.
Securing your home while on vacation
Many of us do lots of planning, legwork and research at the time of home buying or selling. But how much preparation do we do for its security? Many of us neglect to remember how to keep our property and belongings safe. This article is specifically intended for all those who are leaving home for long vacation or family function or for any celebration.
Hold your mail and newspapers.
When securing your home while on vacation please remember envelopes pouring out of your mailboxes are dead giveaways that someone hasn’t been home in quite some time. It’s one of the usual and simplest things we forget and that make your home a sure target. Ask a reliable friend, family member, or neighbour to gather the newspapers and mail daily and to keep an eye out on your house while you’re away. If not possible then call your carrier service to stop deliveries until you return home. And also contact your local post office to stop postal delivery before going on a long vacation.
Many towns and cities have a feature to submit a stop mail request service online;
Ask your friend, neighbour or family member to keep eye on things
Entrust a spare key to a neighbour, friend or family member so that they can keep an eye on things for you. Some people think it’s a good idea to hide a spare key outside the home to access by a trusted person in case of an emergency . But really it’s not a good idea as these the first places burglars look. Best cover for your home is to ask your friend or trusted person to monitor your home. If asking your next door neighbor to check on your home is not possible or comfortable then a controllable lock may help you in an emergency situation. The controllable lock can be opened or closed using a dedicated app on your smartphone. So you can allow a trusted person to enter your house in a needy situation without giving the spare key. A home monitoring system to access real-time home happenings is also a better option. Although there is no alternate of trusted friend or neighbor as mail or newspaper is not being delivered is also a tell-tale sign that someone is not at home.
Don’t publicize while you’re on a vacation
Show some caution when you share your travel plans on social media or on your blog. Broadcasting your travel plan to the world through Instagram,Facebook or Twitter can be risky. Through your social posts, checking in at the airport or your vacation destination can reach to the wrong ears and eyes so wait until you reach home.