Having just moved house and then going on holiday for a week, I have to admit I was a little nervous about leaving our home whilst we were away, in a safe condition. Whether you’ve lived in your home for five days or fifty years though, being extra careful to looks after your belongings and home is important, so I have decided to put together a sure-fire list that you can check off before you head off on your well-earned holidays!
Your home and possessions can be at risk to anything from sneaky burglars to accidents & overheating appliances.A little extra vigilance will help keep your property and belongings safer. Plus, let’s face it; you don’t want to be sat worrying about home when you should be relaxing (or sat in the sunshine drinking sangria…) After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
1. Lock the doors
This is fairly obvious. It’s your home and you want to protect your belongings. If the door is locked it’s another protective factor there. It stops others from entering your home without a key (usually!) and so like you do every other time you leave your house unattended, turn that key/s and walk away with some good peace of mind. Garden furniture, outdoor toys, bikes and expensive potted plants are all very tempting. Ensure sheds, gates and garages have secure locks and fix gaps in fences to prevent opportunists from gaining access.
2. Make sure you have valid and decent a home insurance policy!
If the worst did happen at least you would be covered financially for help from theft, damage or disaster. Definitely worth its weight in gold this one!
3. Check appliances, then check them again.
Unplug electricals to avoid over heating or at worst, fire. Granted, you’re probably taking most chargers, phones, tablets and batteries with you, but check anyway and unplug electrical items that do not require to plugged in whilst you’re away.
4. Invest in the light sensors / timers.
This makes is well, less obvious you are not at home and therefore less likely to be burgled. Thieves would much rather be sure you are not in, makes their nasty task far less risky doesn’t it.
5. Leave a key with someone &/or inform someone you trust to keep an eye out with your key holder’s details.
This is pretty important. Sometimes, things happen and the Police may need to access your property, or re-secure it. It’s far better to do this properly and fix a new lock etc, rather than go for a temporary boarding up. By simply leaving a key with someone you trust, this makes life easier. Plus, they can always leave milk in the fridge for your return? Boom.
6. Don’t help Billy* Burglar!
Leaving your ipad on the window, on full show, leaving keys in the back door, spare car keys for the Porsche (on the drive) on the kitchen side. It’s all a temptation for Billy. He wants an easy life and he also wants your valuables. Ladders and tools can come in very handy and make the job of breaking in a lot easier for a visiting burglar. Make sure you store them out of sight, don’t make his life easy.
*Billy could of course be a lady and she wants your stuff too.
7. Hide shit!
Release your inner child and hide things that you don’t want to be found. Just don’t forget where you put things- it once took me months to find some diamond earrings…
There are some great places to hide stuff in the home. Think outside the box! After all, if you were so unlucky to be broken into whilst you’re away, you’ll be glad you stuff that jewellery inside the peanut butter*
*I accept no responsibility for damaged items..
8. Don’t broadcast you’re away..
It’s all very tempting to brag on social media about your month-long trip to Oz, but be careful. Sure tell your mates, they can always keep a watchful eye out, but unless your security settings are water tight (again, perhaps check this?) be aware that a lot of what you publish online is public consumption. Not an exact science, obviously but definitely worth considering.
9. Be savvy with the usual
Cancel deliveries of milk, papers. Mow your lawn, water plants and arrange animal care in advance. This all leads to a smoother exit and also doesn’t arouse suspicion from the neighbours or those mentioned in point 6…
10. Always look back
One of my most favourite teachers at school taught me many things, but one thing in particular was to always look back when you’re walking away from anything to check you’ve not left anything! Go back, one last glance may just save you a load of headache in the long run. Plus, you may just realise you forgot your phone/purse/child….
Hope these tips are useful, have a fabulous holiday and fingers crossed for a safe home upon your return!
*Disclosure: This post was written by myself however it does contain a sponsored link. For more information please see my disclosure policy*