For thousands of families throughout the U.S., the winter months have spurred excitement for a much-needed spring vacation. Not to mention, most school districts have spring breaks for students scheduled as early as next week.
Though most of your planning and attention is often focused on your vacation destination, don’t forget about making plans for your home, too. Here are 8 things to remember to do to safeguard your home when you head out of town.
- Everyone loves to announce their vacation plans via Twitter, Facebook, etc., but try to avoid doing so. Granted–all of your Facebook friends should be considered “friends,” but it’s better to be safe than sorry. It might be wise to wait to post all of your amazing pictures or blog about your vacation as soon as you get home, instead of letting the online world know that your house is vacant for a week.
- If you will be having someone take care of your pets or house-sit while you are away, let neighbors that you trust know specific dates you’ll be out of town and what type of car or person they might expect to see going in and out of the home.
- To keep your pipes from freezing, NorthStar Alarm suggests turning your thermostat down, but not turning it completely off. The recommended temperature to set your thermostat should be no lower than 55 degrees.
- If you are unable to have someone responsible for picking up your mail and/or newspaper every day you are gone, call the post office or newspaper service to hold them. If someone, namely a burglar, were to notice a pile up of newspapers, it’s a common indication that nobody is home.
- If you have a safe or access to a safe, place valuable items in it while you are gone.
- Unplug all electrical items that will not be in use such as your home computer, television, microwave, coffee maker, etc.
- If you reside in a place where it snows, arrange for snow removal in case there is a storm while you are gone. According to Massachusetts law, residents are required to have their sidewalks and walkways cleared within six hours after a storm occurrs–regardless if they are out of town.
- Last but not least, make sure all your doors and windows are locked before you leave. If you have a home security system, remember to arm it. If you don’t have a home security system, we might know a place you can call : )
Most importantly, if you leave your driveway and have that uneasy feeling telling you you might have forgotten to turn off the coffee-maker, unplug a curling iron, or shut the garage; go back and double-check or call and ask a friend to check on things for you.
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Thanks for readin’ and have fun on your upcoming vacations!!