1. Shut off the Water
Even if you’re only going to be gone for a couple of days, it’s a good idea to turn off your home’s main water supply. If you’re going to be gone for quite a while, you’ll want to drain the pipes as well.
Leaks can happen at any time and should one happen to spring while you’re on vacation, you won’t have to deal with gallons of water in your home and the resulting water damage it leaves behind if you turn the water off.
2. Arrange for a House Sitter
You don’t necessarily need someone to stay in your home the entire time you’re gone, but if you can get someone to stop in periodically to check things out, it would help you feel more comfortable about being gone. Have this person check every room (including the garage) to make sure everything is as it should be.
3. Talk to Your Neighbors
Let your neighbors know you’ll be heading out on vacation and ask them if they can keep an eye on the place. An observant neighbor can alert you to strangers lurking around and even help keep the grass mowed or the walkways shoveled while you’re away.
4. Set Timers
While it may be tempting to turn the power off while you’re away to save money, leave it on and install timers on lights and TVs to make it look like you’re home. This will help deter any would-be burglars looking for an easy target.
5. Keep Windows as they Normally Are
Don’t close your window coverings before you leave. Keep your windows as they always are when you’re home to make it look like someone is home as usual.
Because your window coverings will be open while you’re gone, however, be sure to store any valuables out of sight so thieves have no reason to want to enter your home.
6. Don’t Post Your Travel Plans Online
While social media is a staple for many people, try to avoid posting your travel plans online. Career criminals browse social media just looking for people who won’t be home so they can go to work stealing their things. At the very least, make your accounts private, so only your friends and family can see what you’re up to.
7. Don’t Leave Your Spare Key Outside Your House
Burglars know all the common hiding places, so don’t leave a spare key for them to find.
8. Lock Up
Lock every point of entry including windows, doors, sheds, garage doors, etc.
Vacation is an exciting time, but it’s imperative you take time to address these important things before you leave.