Home protection is important, especially when you travel. Here are 13 tips from State Farm to help you secure your home while traveling or during vacation.
With the holiday season upon us, many Arizona homeowners will be packing their bags and heading out of town to visit family and friends. For that reason, home security is a particular concern this time of year. Whether you’re going on a long-distance trip or traveling nearby in Phoenix or the valley, there are steps you can take to protect your home when you’re away.
Rictor Contracting owner Jeff Hunter suggests starting with the obvious items you frequently check, such as the locks on your doors and windows, the garage, and any other entry point to your home. Here is an example of what can happen if you forget.
Also, double-check all outdoor lighting to ensure your home will be illuminated at night while you’re gone. You can also set timers for a few lights inside to give the appearance that people are home. These timers are simple to install and are an inexpensive way to amp up your home security. It’s worth hiring a contractor to professionally install these types of things in order to properly secure your home while traveling.
If you plan to leave your home for several days or even a long weekend, you’ll want to unplug electronics—such as TVs, computers, and lamps—to prevent power surges. For larger items like appliances, double-check that everything is working as it should and the areas around the connecting source of power are clear of any potential hazards. If you want to secure your home while traveling, it’s important that you consider other things that can cause damage to your property while you’re away. Focus on enjoying yourself and avoid stressing about happenstances you weren’t prepared for.
Another security measure homeowners may easily overlook is removing any spare keys you may have hidden outside or around your home. Under a decorative rock, inside a flower pot, under your doormat—burglars know the most common hiding places. And even though your windows and doors may be secure, you could end up giving burglars the key—literally—to gaining entry to your home.
Following these simple—yet effective steps—can help increase the safety and security of your home, no matter what time of year you travel.