Summer is the perfect time to get away from it all. Whether you’re jetting off to the beach or staying closer to home, there’s nothing better than a few days out of town. But what if you don’t want to come back?
Burglars are less likely to break in and steal your valuables if your home looks lived in while you’re away. Here are basic tips from home-security.com for making your home look lived in while you’re away:
Your home should look lived in when you’re away, and there are several ways to do this.
Automate Your Home
You can automate your lights, blinds, and curtains to make it appear as if you’re at home. Here’s how:
Lighting and Heating
Turn on the lights when you leave the house and off when you return. You’ll need a smart light switch controlled by voice or smartphone. If you don’t have any smart light switches yet, consider installing one during your next renovation.
If you have an existing light switch that isn’t smart but can be removed easily, take it with you on holiday so you can attach it to the wall while you’re away. That way, if someone comes into your home while it’s dark, they won’t know someone is away on holiday!
Use Automatic Blinds and Curtains
If you have a window with blinds or curtains controlled by remote control, set them up so that they open automatically at certain times of day (or close automatically after a certain amount of time). It will help give the impression that someone is home.
Install Smart Sprinklers or Fountains
If you have a smart garden, sprinklers and fountains can be programmed to run at certain times of the day, so it looks like someone is watering their plants while they’re away – regardless of whether they’re there!
Leave Clothes Out
The second tip is to leave clothes out of the hamper and lying around your bedroom. It will help make it look like someone’s living in the house while you are away! Also, if you have shoes sitting by the front door or under your bed, this will have the same effect.
Have a Caretaker
Have someone come to feed pets and water plants once in a while, and bring in the mail. Search online to find a local cleaner or handyperson who will come by regularly. If you have pets, it’s also important to make sure they don’t get lonely – ask your cleaner if they would like to come by twice a week to give them attention.
Rely On Neighbors!
In conclusion, maintaining good relations with your neighbors is your best bet for ensuring the safety of your home. If you have neighbors who know where you’re going, ask them if they’d be willing to stop by now and then to check on things while you’re away.
It will help alleviate any concerns that might come up about whether or not someone has broken into your home while it was empty during the day — especially if it’s been raining heavily!