Home Sweet Home… Tips to Help Keep It That Way When You Leave Town

If your leaving town for the Holidays there are a few precautions you should take in order to keep your home safe and sound.

Remember to stop your mail and newspaper service before you leave town. Nothing screams “no one is home” like a week’s worth of mail or newspapers stacked in your front yard for the world to see.

It’s really important to remember to NEVER write “take all deliveries to the next door neighbor” hopefully, you understand why.

Trim any overgrown, trees, shrubs or bushes because that is a safe zone for any buglers to hide out.

Don’t change your answering machine to suggest that no one is home, for example, it’s probably not a good idea to say, “Hello, you’ve reached so and so, we are in the Bahamas until the 28th”. That’s ear candy for anyone with sticky fingers.

Also, now that we are living in this day in age where technology allows us to engage in constant conversation, be careful what you post on social networking sites like Facebook and/or Twitter. You never know who is reading your posts and you’d rather be safe than sorry.

Pull all the plugs out of the walls, this will help save energy and cut back on your bills but also it reduces any chance of fire hazards.

Remove the spare key from under the rug and give it to a neighbor. You could bribe them by some freshly baked cookies to check on your house periodically.

Move valuables away from doors and windows for various reasons.

Use timers on many lights found throughout the house so it may appear that people are home.

We don’t mean to scare you while you are away on a luxurious vacation but we do think it is imperative for any travelers to take these safety precautions so you can arrive at a safe and sound home.