When You Go On Vacation This Summer

When You Go On Vacation This Summer

Summertime is​ a​ very big time of​ year for vacations. the​ last thing on​ people's minds when they are vacationing on​ a​ cruise ship,​ an​ island,​ a​ beach or​ wherever your travels take you,​ is​ what is​ going on​ at​ home. Well,​ you should at​ least take care of​ your home before you leave to​ prevent a​ bad situation to​ come home to. For anybody who has had their house robbed they know that it​ is​ not a​ pleasant thing. Trust me,​ I have been there. So,​ in​ lieu of​ the​ situation I want to​ pass along some tips that everyone should follow to​ safeguard from some potential disasters. One of​ the​ times your home is​ most vulnerable is​ when it​ is​ left empty for an​ extended period of​ time. Darkened windows,​ unretrieved mail or​ newspapers and closed windows in​ hotter weather all advertise an​ empty house to​ a​ potential burglar. Here are a​ couple of​ ideas to​ consider.

1. Have a​ housesitter. a​ friend or​ family member who you trust to​ stay at​ your house while you are gone is​ a​ great way to​ fool burglars.

2. if​ you can't get a​ housesitter then have a​ neighbor check on​ your apartment or​ home while you are gone. Have them turn on​ some lights or​ the​ tv and radio to​ give the​ illusion of​ life.

3. Keep a​ radio or​ tv on​ a​ timer if​ nothing else fails. TV noise would immediately give the​ illusion of​ somebody being home.

4. a​ BIG MUST---Make sure whomever is​ watching your home knows how to​ work all the​ alarms in​ the​ house and knows the​ code to​ turn it​ on​ or​ off. They should also know who to​ call in​ case of​ a​ problem.

5. Unless there is​ going to​ be a​ housesitter,​ you must have your mail stopped. Even if​ it​ is​ for a​ couple of​ days. a​ stack of​ mail is​ a​ dead giveaway to​ a​ burglar. Also have a​ neighbor keep an​ eye out for packages that may be delivered too. Have them pick them up and hold them for you.

6. Make sure you have your garden and plants watered to​ make it​ seem like there is​ some kind of​ life. Especially if​ your garden is​ usually spectacular.

7. Apartment users---Check your lease. Many landlords require that you notify them if​ your apartment is​ going to​ be left empty for any period of​ time. This is​ so they can enter in​ case of​ an​ emergency. With a​ housesitter this is​ not necessary.

This is​ just a​ few tips to​ get your through the​ summer and enjoy it.

Enjoy your vacations
Adam Walls

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