- Don’t tell everyone – Thanks to social media, we have a tendency to “check in” wherever we go. For the sake of security, keep your vacation plans away from the public eye.
- Schedule an HVAC, Furnace, and Indoor Air Quality Service – An annual inspection and maintenance of your home heating and cooling equipment by a licensed professional should be scheduled before your trip. This will ensure that everything’s operating properly and efficiently before you leave, lessening the chance of a system failure.
- Put lights on a timer – Setting lights on a timer will make would-be burglars think you’re home, as well as save electricity by avoiding the need to keep certain lights on the entire time you’re gone.
- Install security cameras – The best way to keep an eye on your home while you’re gone is to install security cameras and check them periodically, especially at night. If you see anything suspicious, call the police.
- Fake out would-be criminals – If you can’t afford a security system or camera, stick a security sticker in your front window and install a mock security camera near your door. Criminals are much less likely to break in if they even think you have a security system.
- Ask a neighbor – Find a trusted neighbor to watch after your house while you’re traveling. Give them an emergency key and ask them to park if your driveway to give the illusion of someone being home.
Your Lucedale home is your castle and you want it to be in perfect shape when you arrive home after a long trip. If you’re planning a road trip this winter, there are routine home safety and house maintenance tips you should take care of now before you schedule your next journey. Here are quick, effective methods for a worry free holiday travel season: