5 Tips for Securing Your Home While You're Gone

It's been a minute since I have posted on my blog as I've been caught up with a few personal things and remedying my health issues. I haven't gone on any holidays in the past few months (though I did get to go without Luke, unfortunately) back to America for Thanksgiving. But if you're anything like me, these cold January days have you longing for greener pastures and a holiday away. And as you know I love a good checklist and giving away travel tips, I'm going to give you some hacks for securing your home while you're gone so you can rest easy.

1. Invest in a Smart Home System

Smart home systems are fantastic if you're one of those people who wants to see what's going on in the house at all times. For example, this Smart Home System by Panasonic allows you to see exactly what's happening inside your home at any given moment. Depending on what you're looking to control, you can ensure your home is safe and locked or you can communicate with your pets. This comes in handy if you have a pet sitter coming to stay with your animal, but you want to stay in touch in real time. It's all controlled over the app on your smartphone, so there's no need to stress!

2. Take Pictures of Your Appliances in the Off Position

Okay, yes this sounds a little weird. But if you're like me, you might endlessly question whether or not you left on your hair straightener or the stove or locked the front door and imagine your house bursting into flames while you're away enjoying your holiday. Instead, simply take photos of everything you need to turn off to prove to yourself that you, indeed, did it.

3. Take Photos of Expensive Items

Although a break-in is totally unlikely, take pictures of your expensive items before you leave the house. If you have insurance, you can now prove that you owned the item and it was in your home. It also saves you the trouble of having to identify the make and model of an item you no longer have in your possession.

4. Put Your Spare Key Somewhere No One Will Find It (Except Those You Want to Find It!)

When looking to break into a home, many burglars will look for the obvious places for your spare key. Behind a wreath on the front door is pretty common, as is under the mat or in a super obvious fake rock. Instead, you can get more creative. Purchase a capsule and put your extra key in it. Secure the top of it onto a real rock or sprinkler head (without the full system attached) with super glue and then bury it in the dirt. Simply giving it to a neighbor, however, might be your best bet.

5. Have Someone Else Collect Your Mail and Parcels

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have parcels stacked up outside your house or your mailbox is overflowing with letters, this is a pretty good indication that you're on holiday and that your house is a prime target for theft. Have a friend or family member come around to your house everyday to collect your mail and parcels and pick them up when you arrive back to your place.

That's it! I hope you've enjoyed these little tips, some of which I haven't even incorporated myself, and others I always do.

I hope to be back to more regular content soon, now that my health is much better and I'm rediscovering my passion for blogging and content creation.

This post was created in collaboration with Panasonic.

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