Going on an adventure is exciting, so first things first: don’t let your fear of what may or may not happen to your home curb your enthusiasm! In all likelihood, nothing whatsoever will be go wrong. That being said, it can pay to take a few simple precautions to make sure your home is safe, both from itself and would be criminals while you’re living it up somewhere warm and tropical.
“Be cool” is pretty solid life advice, and it also applies to your attitude to your home when you’re away. Trying too hard to make it look like you’re living at home just as normal will make it look like...you’ve obviously gone away for a while and don’t want burglars to know you’ve got good stuff in your home. Leave your curtains how you would always leave them - and think of this: closing them would be suspicious anyway. Similarly, don’t leave all your lights turned on. If you must, one or two small ones will do.
Activating the Alarms
Of course, your house will be well protected if you have a burglar alarm system set up - providing you remember to turn it on. If you don’t have a system installed, you can be a bit clever and outwit the criminal - Alarm-Reviews.net says to use security decals, which make it look like you’ve got a security system even if you don’t!
It’s highly unlikely that a Playstation is left plugged into the wall will catch fire and burn your home down, but why take the chance? Before you go, do a check of every room and make sure nothing has been left plugged in - and that especially nothing has been left turned on. This will also give you peace of mind - there’s nothing worse than trying to sunbathe and all you can think of is “did I turn my straighteners off?”
Friends and Family
Hey, unless it’s one big party involving all your friends and family (wouldn’t that be fun!), you’ve probably got a few people back home who can check in to see how your home is doing. This will allow you to relax and also deter potential burglars, who will be able to see that the house has a presence. If you’re going away when the weather is freezing outside, ask them to turn the heating on during their visit so the pipes don’t freeze. They can also take your car for a quick spin, which will help keep the dangers of winter at bay.
...and If You Just Can’t Sleep
You can always set up a video camera in your home. This will allow you to see what’s happening at your home whenever you log in. But then, there might just be the temptation to sit and watch the monitor all day...better to ask a young relative or trusted community member if they’ll housesit for you!
Now, with that taken care of, it’s time to start packing and planning all the fun things you’re going to do while you’re away!