Whether it is fun in the sun or a romantic winter getaway, we love going on holidays. However, there is always a chance of break-in when we are going on vacation. Therefore, it is essential for you to make a list of what to do to protect your house before your holidays. The last thing you want to happen is coming home to find out that someone had successfully broken into your house and took your valuables, right? Worry not, we have compiled a list on what you need to do before leaving your house for your long-awaited vacation.
As soon as you book that ticket for your dream vacation spot, the urge to show it off to your friends and family on social media is normal. However, do not post them on social media! We all know how vital it is to avoid sharing important travel details publicly, but a lot of people don't know that you also need to delete any vital information on your social media that mentions your home address and phone number. Your personal identity is as easy to be retrieved through search engines and you don't know how persistent a burglar can be to break into your house.
A simple way to get peace of mind during the holidays is to ask your neighbours or family members to check on your house regularly through simple activities such as pick up newspapers, water the plants, or rake the leaves on your driveway. This way, the exterior of your house will always look clean, and burglars will reconsider to break into your house if they think someone is living there.
If you want to automate your house, installing in a digital cylinder is a great investment. Make sure to purchase a digital cylinder that comes with a smartphone app, such as our DOM Tapkey. This way, you can manage your access and security on-the-go, so you can give access to your house sitter or your gardener/house cleaner and they can open the door just by putting their phones close to the cylinder.
You might have invested in a digital cylinder and make sure that your house sitter has access to your house. However, it is essential to do final checks on other locks in your home before you leave, such as window bolts and door locks. Spend time to check them thoroughly a few days before your departure date, so you have enough time to change any locks or latches that need to be replaced. If you have other security gadgets to guard your house such as an alarm system or video surveillance cameras, it's good to check their batteries before leaving.
Unplugging your electronic appliances such as television, refrigerator, computer, and water cooker before leaving your house unoccupied is important to avoid power surge which may lead to a house fire. One more thing, make sure to empty your fridge to avoid stale food odour when you return from your vacation.
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