It's great fun to begin planning for a family vacation,
but don't forget to make a list of what you need to do to
keep your home safe while you are away.
1. If you can, have a trustworthy neighbor pick up your
newspaper and mail while you are gone, as there is nothing
that signals "family is away" more than a pile of
newspapers or an overflowing mailbox. If you don't know of
anyone who can do this for you, just cancel your newspaper
for the duration of your trip, and have your mail held for
you at the post office. You might consider starting this a
few days before you are leaving just to verify it does in
fact get stopped.
2. Test the battery in your smoke detectors and carbon
monoxide detectors to be sure they are working before you
3. Some people change their answering machine messages
while they are away to let people know to call them at
another number, but I don't recommend this as it is just
advertising that no one is home.
4. If you are going on an extended trip for more than 2
weeks and it is during the spring or summer, have a lawn
service keep up with your lawn. It will not be so crucial
during the winter.
5. Make sure your neighbors know that you will be gone,
and be sure to leave your contact information with them in
case of emergency.
6. If you are leaving your car at the airport parking
lot, you should not leave your registration information in
the car just in case it gets broken into or stolen.
7. It's a good idea to unplug your garage door opener
when you leave on your trip in case of accidental
8. Turn off and unplug appliances such as toaster ovens,
TVs, computers, microwave ovens, and DVRs, although you may
want to leave a small radio plugged and playing at a low
volume (or use a battery-powered radio).
9. If you don't have one, purchase a timer to have your
lights come on and go off at certain times.
10. If a pet sitter is coming by to care for your
animals, ensure they do not have any magnetic signs on
their car advertising their business, as this is a clear
advertisement to people that you are not at home.
Use these tips next time you are planning a family
vacation, and you can have a stress-free holiday knowing
your home is protected while you are away.
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