Moving into an house from an apartment changed some things for me when traveling. I have to make sure someone is checking my mail. And I have different things to worry about.
- Will the freezer shut off in a power outage?
- What if there’s a water leak?
- What if there’s wind damage?
Luckily, our neighbors are more than willing to help out and they keep an eye on the house when it is empty. (In fact, their living room literally looks out at our front door since they are on a hill).
And I frequently use a house sitter, which helps.
I came across a great series on Simplisafe on how to keep your house safe. There’s an article that goes into the importance of a house sitter (which I think a lot of seasoned travelers already know). But it also has good tips on how to set your lights on timers and why you should wait before posting your vacation photos to social media.
I’ve posted my vacation photos spread out after trips, which leads to me getting comments about what an exciting time I’m having–when in reality, I’m sitting on my couch next to my dog, probably eating sugar-free ice cream. 😛
They also have a check list on things to check before you leave. Of course you want to make sure your house is protected against break-ins, but there’s a lot more that can go wrong. They gave me permission to reproduce the checklist here.
The one I always forget is to clean out my refrigerator. I often come back to literal (okay, okay figurative) squiggly lines of odor coming out of my fridge.
What are your tips for keeping your home safe while traveling?