Protecting Your Home While Traveling this Summer
Summer is a great time to get away, by yourself, with someone special, or the whole family. There are many things to plan, logistics to figure out, and reservations to make. Don’t forget the security of your home and property while you're gone. July and August are popular months for travel, and it’s no surprise that home burglaries spike at this time as well. In addition to the threat of possible criminal activity, there are potential hazards that your absence could result in a disaster. This blog will share some tips to keep your home and property safe while you're gone, so you can just focus on enjoying yourself.
Home Security and Maintenance Checklist
- Don't broadcast your absence on social media. It may be tempting to post pictures of your vacation in real time, but don’t give anyone who might be seeing your post the idea that your house is unattended. You can always wait until your return and post a montage of images.
- As suggested above, get timers for interior lights and use smart home technology inside.
- Prevent power surges. With the storms in Manassas and Northern Virginia, it's especially important that you protect your electronics from damage that comes with a surge. Surge protectors are effective, or simply unplugging your devices will work.
- If you have a security company or alarm system, make sure the company knows when you will be gone. Alert your alarm company. Make sure the alarm is set when you leave.
- Set the AC to a higher temperature than you normally would this time of year.
- Put away or lock up your valuables. If someone should break and enter your home, you don’t want to lose your most precious or expensive possessions.
- Make sure your homeowner's policy is up to date and covers loss from a variety of sources.
- And of course, check all doors and windows to make sure they are closed tight and locked.
We hope you have a wonderful summer and if you are traveling, you and your home are safe and secure. If you're in the market for a new home, or thinking of listing your Manassas home for sale, please get in touch.