Nobody wants to think about worst case scenarios as they’re packing for a well-deserved summer holiday, unfortunately you really should consider some of the things that can go wrong while you’re away, so that you can do everything you can to protect your home and possessions.
Fortunately, very few of us are that naïve that we’d leave our homes unattended without any security measures in place. However, some of us are maybe not as conscientious about security as we could be, so before you leave for that long-awaited holiday take some time to ensure that there are no easy entry points and plenty of deterrents for burglars on prowling for empty homes to pillage.
One of the best things to do is get a house-sitter to live in your home while you’re away. Ideally this person should be someone that you trust, like a good friend, family member or even work colleague. If no one in your intimate circle is available, you can try professional house sitting services (House Sitters UK and Mindahome UK) that have properly vetted house sitters available to make sure your house is occupied, your plants are watered and your dogs are fed and walked.
Having somebody taking care of your property while you’re away has other advantages too; for example, they can inform you of various home emergencies like a burst water pipe, power failures or pest infestations that can only be dealt with by someone who has easy access to the property.
Not everyone is comfortable with having a stranger stay in their home. If the thought of someone going through your knicker drawer or trying on your shoes sends shivers down your spine then you have another option: you can ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house, and perhaps pop in every so often to collect your post and make sure that there have been no major incidents.
Security and safety alternatives
If you’re a bit of a loner or really don’t trust anyone enough to come within three feet of your property there are a number of measures that you can take to ensure that you don’t fall prey to domestic disaster while you’re on holiday. For example:
• Unplug all your electrical appliances
• Turn off the water stopcock
• Check gutters and drains for blockages
• Give your key to a friend or neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on things without making it seem like a huge favour or chore
• Stop delivery of milk and newspapers, or ask your neighbour to collect these from your home
• Leave your contact details with a neighbour and friends
• Lock all windows and doors – invest in locks that wedge and bolt in sliding doors and double hung windows
• Don’t leave keys in window locks and definitely not within sight of windows or doors
• Lock your shed and garage
• Invest in a high-quality, state-of-the-art alarm system
Remember that disaster can strike at any moment, so make sure that your insurance policy will cover you for emergencies while you’re away, and don’t forget about travel insurance. With all these things in place, you can rest assured that you won’t be plagued by worries while you’re away, and in the event of a worst case scenario know that you’re completely covered. Happy holidays!