As the weather warms up, it means that homeowners around the Austin area are planning their vacations. While planning your vacation can take a lot of time and energy, it’s important that you also think about what is happening at your home while you’re gone to that dream resort.
So, with that in mind, just what can you do to keep your home safe and give yourself peace of mind while you’re on vacation or even while you’re away from home for a short time? Here are some of the main tips to keep in mind for securing your Austin home.
Hold The Mail
One of the biggest indicators that you’re away from home is when your mail begins to pile up. Luckily, the USPS allows you to stop your mail for up to 30 days. If you’re going to be out of town, this is well worth doing and can help increase security at your home.
Another indicator of a homeowner who isn’t at home? Newspapers piling up. If you’re one of the many who still receives a daily paper, stop or pause delivery before you head out of town.
Get a House Sitter
One easy way to give yourself peace of mind is to find a house sitter that you totally trust and let them stay at your home. At the very least, you can have a neighbor check in on your property from time to time to make sure things are okay and to address any issues that may occur while you’re gone.
Use Timer Lights
When your lights periodically come on or go off, it creates the illusion that you are at home. As such, using a timer to activate lights is a great way to increase security. Additionally, you can use smart home features that will let you turn on lights or even televisions whenever you like.
Lock It Up
This one is obvious, but it might surprise you just how many people fail to lock up everything. Double check every window and door before you leave, and if you have deadbolts be sure to engage them to maximize your level of protection.
You can also take some time to unplug electronics like computers or TVs if you want to save money on energy while gone. It won’t always increase security, but can give you added peace of mind that nothing has been left on.
Install A Security System
The easiest way to fully protect your Austin home is to install a good security system. Cameras, alarms, and access control measures can all help you give yourself peace of mind and protect your home while you’re gone. And with modern camera systems you can even monitor the home from your mobile phone from anywhere in the world.
These simple steps can help you protect your Austin home and maximize your peace of mind while you’re gone. Keep them in mind and talk to a security expert to make sure you’re fully protected.