This is a collaborative post.
I don’t know about you, but I am on countdown to the Summer Holidays. The kids are exhausted. Us teachers are exhausted. We’ve got a few more days of end of term madness to go, and then it’s six weeks of slow days, fun trips out and – hopefully – a lovely holiday. But how can you make sure your home is safe while you’re away? Well, I’ve got a few tips to help you worry less about your home and enjoy your holiday more.
Make your home look occupied
My husband thinks I’m a bit crazy when I try to do some cleaning or gardening in the few days before we go away. But a well-maintained home looks lived-in. Mow the lawn, tidy the recycling and bins, and don’t leave laundry or toys out in the garden.
Keep your curtains open – closed curtains is a sure sign that a house is empty – but keep any valuables or keys hidden from sight.
Get your neighbours to keep an eye on your home
Even better, if your neighbours can take your bins out and collect them in, or can park on your driveway some nights.
Don’t advertise your absence
Don’t tell too many people that you’re on holiday, and certainly don’t announce when you’re going away on social media. We might trust our friends, but can we trust our friends’ friends?
Make sure everything is as secure as possible
Lock all the doors and windows, and set the alarm. Lock the garage and shed if you have them, and don’t forget to hide the keys out of sight.
If you have a garden gate or a back entrance to your property, make sure it is locked and secure.
Unplug everything you can
Unplug everything you can, and switch off appliances where possible – don’t switch off the fridge though! It’s worth keeping a light on or programming a radio to come on for certain times in the day to add to the ‘occupied’ effect.
Make sure you’re insured
Make sure you have both travel insurance and contents insurance so you’re covered for your trip. It’s a good idea to take photos of every room in your house so that if you do have to make a claim, you’ll have proof of your property. Chill.ie has more information, including an ebook with some more summer security tips.
Have a lovely summer holiday!