Leaving for Vacation? Protect your home before you fly off into the sunset.
A few preventive measures to keep your house safe while you’re gone; give yourself some peace of mind by implementing a safety measures before you leave.
Don’t Tip Off Thieves
Many people leave their garage door openers in the cars. With a swift smash of a window, that parked car in your driveway has given them access to your garage. Make sure you hide your garage door opener — good advice even when you’re not on vacation.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
While you can get a friend to occasionally check in, you can put your Smartphone or tablet to work to give you real-time surveillance around the clock. The Drop cam is a Wi-Fi-enabled security camera that allows you to stream video directly to Android and Apple devices and can even send you alerts to your phone when something is wrong.
Take steps to mitigate potential problems, especially remember to check your water heater: A water heater can go at any time, but if it occurs while you’re away for a few weeks, clean up and repairs can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Big leaks often start as small leaks.
Unplug Before You Leave
Black outs and brown outs can be common in the summer months, especially when a sudden heat wave puts a lot of pressure on the local power grid. When the power comes back on, the resulting surge can harm delicate electronics. So, before you head out on your big vacation, make sure to unplug your gadgets.