Natasha Morgan, Founder of My Home Watch, shares her 6 tips to ensure that you have a stress free getaway whether you are going away for the weekend or for a longer break.
Who to trust?
For the price of a poolside cocktail you can have a trusted, insured professional making sure your property and pets are being cared for correctly. Family, friends, and neighbours are great but let's face it you're an inconvenience, as they already have their own homes to care for. It's a big ask and can often lead to relationship break downs! Things can and do go wrong, having a trusted service that knows what to do in the event of a break-in or storm damage will give you that extra peace of mind.
Curtains Closed - or Open
Before you leave for holidays, you may decide to close your curtains to prevent people from peering inside your home to see whether you're there. However, closed curtains also stop those who aim to help"from seeing inside your house. So, what's your best bet? Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when your home, since noticeable changes could hint that you're not around anymore especially if your curtains are uncharacteristically left closed for two weeks. Move expensive items, like jewellery or computers, out of plain sight if they're visible from the window.
The Lights Are on But No One's Home
Don't leave your lights on at home throughout your entire holiday in an effort to make it look like someone is in the house. Your electric bill will end up more costly than your mortgage, and house lights blazing throughout the night might look a bit suspicious. Instead, purchase a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule. Criminals keeping an eye on your house will notice lights flipping on and off, and will probably assume someone is doing the flipping.
Put That in Your Pipe
Turning your household appliances water off at the tap to prevent pipe breakages and leaks. This is the key to not coming home to a flooded home. Having your home checked on the interior often will assist with not only your homes security but to makes sure nothing has sprung a leak.
Pull the Plug
Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven, and other appliances to protect them from power surges. This will help you save power as well; many appliances draw energy even when they're turned off.
Keep your travel plans offline
If you are planning to travel, be sure to keep your travel plans off your social media networks. Never post where you are going, when you are leaving, or when you will be back. This is prime information for a thief because he will know when your house will be empty. Even if you have the highest level of security on your Facebook or social accounts, posting this personal information is never recommended.