Summer 2021 brings on a surge of
after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. This starts an exciting time for many people, but it’s important to remember how to keep your home safe while gone. This especially applies to when you’re leaving the house for more than just a day or two.
These days, you have more options than you would in the past for securing your place. Take advantage of all these new ways to keep your home safe.
Hire a Reliable, Trustworthy House Sitter
Preferably, you’ll find someone you know and trust, such as a responsible family member, co-worker or friend that can do this. If you don’t know anyone, search on a site where you know the persons have been properly vetted and ask for their references. You can never be too safe, so don’t hire someone you have a “bad feeling” about and ask what kinds of services they provide. Some of them also take care of pets, for instance. Additionally, make sure you keep all valuables and money hidden and locked before inviting a house sitter you just met into your home.
Stop Your Mail
The United States Postal Services now has an online mail hold service. That probably is the easiest way to stop mail from being sent to your house. Otherwise, visit one of your local post offices and they can help you.
Simulate Your Presence
If you have a smart home security system installed, you can have items such as your lights, TV, dishwasher or other electronics and appliances set up to turn off and on automatically. If you have lighting systems, you can program them to turn on and off throughout the day, which also will help. This, in conjunction with having someone show up at your house once in a while, will help keep your place safe when you're away.
Install a Remote CCTV Camera App
If you already have CCTV cameras installed on your property, you’ll want to take it one step further. Before you leave for your vacation, connect the security system to a compatible phone, computer or tablet app. Even more convenient, you also could try out smartwatch video monitoring.
Remote monitoring allows you to watch your house while you travel across the state, country or world. If you don’t have cameras on your property yet, consider getting them before leaving on a long trip.
Avoid Sharing Photos While You're Gone
The safest way to take photos while traveling is to turn off your location and do not post them on Facebook while en route. Don’t tag friends in them either. Additionally, wait until you return home to post statuses, photos or videos of yourself while sightseeing or involved in vacation activity. Staying off of social media is one way you can keep your home safe while you're away.
You never know what will occur while you are away. Don’t leave home without the proper insurance. Request a quote from Kyle Insurance Group today.