Home Safety While You're Away

Traveling is truly a lifestyle choice and once you’ve got the bug, that’s it for you! We got the travel bug bad when we went to Cabo San Lucas for the first, second and third time!  We have another trip planned in December!


But what happens to your home while you are away? Keeping your property safe and secure while you travel has to be amongst your top priorities. Leaving a property empty can be seen as an invitation to some people, but what about unexpected weather or accidents?

Here are a few tips to get you started.

Protecting Your Stuff

While you’re home, it’s pretty easy to keep an eye on your belongings and make sure they’re safe. But when you’re away, you should definitely think about adding a few safety precautions, just to make sure nothing untoward will happen.

Hiding your valuables in a safe place is a good idea and finding obscure places is actually a fun game. Wrapping valuables in foil and putting them in a freezer is a good start but you could also consider hiding documents inside picture frames too. If you don’t already have blinds, this is also a good idea for longer trips as they discourage prying eyes looking for valuables that have been left out.

But protection isn’t just about putting burglars off. You might also want to protect your car with a metal carport to prevent sun damage and, depending on where you live, this might be a good idea anyway! There are all kinds of different metal carports around so you can choose one to suit your house and your needs without being too obtrusive.

Finding a House Sitter

If you are going away for a longer period, it might make sense to bring in a house sitter. Whether your house sitter is a close friend or family member or someone who does this as a kind of side hustle, bringing someone in ensures that your house won’t be unattended. Finding a trustworthy house sitter can be quite daunting but if you ask around, you’re sure to find someone with a good reputation and a track record.

In essence, a house sitter will provide a presence in your home so that it is clearly occupied and maintained. They should treat your property as though it is their own, keeping it clean and tidy for when you get back. Some house sitters also offer further services including pet sitting and garden maintenance but you should ask rather than assume before you agree.

Many house sitters charge for their services but if you are lucky, you might find someone who simply wants a place to stay free of charge. If this is the case, you’ve hit the jackpot, though leaving some delicious food in the kitchen for them is a nice welcoming touch. Just the basics like bread, butter and milk can make a really good impression.

Easy Tips and Tricks

Modern technology is here to help. You can install cameras to keep an eye on your home and even access the images on your phone. This means that you don’t necessarily need to be home to see what’s going on. And, some of the best cameras aren’t as expensive as you might think.

Giving the impression that you are in while you are away is the oldest trick in the book but it is still worthwhile. Putting your lights on timers is a good start and you should never leave the curtains half open, half closed - this is like advertising you are away! Asking a neighbor to keep an eye out is also a good idea and they may also be able to pop in and pick up your mail for you too.

Home safety should be the last thing on your mind while you’re away but you do need to give it some thought now. Any empty property can be vulnerable to theft and damage (accidental or criminal) so even telling a trusted neighbor you will be away is a good idea. While you are away, you should also leave a key with a trusted neighbor or family member. This is important because if anything should happen, they will need to get in easily.

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Terri Steffes
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  1. This is definitely something of a concern. I would hate to come home to a house that's been broken into and everything stolen. We do a lot of these things when I know I can do a few more to keep our house safe.

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  2. I always worry about this! We have an alarm system, but still, you just never know. When we're gone I do have family and friends checking out the house at least every other day since they feed our cats, so that's something!

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  3. Thank you for sharing these tips. They're super helpful. The summer time is prime time for vacations. It's so important to implement home safety.

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  4. This is the kind of thing that's always on my mind when we get ready to travel. I try to think of everything that would help with safety, so it's nice to see some ideas laid out so I don't have to think of them. :)

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  5. These are some great tips - we are lucky that we have amazing neighbours who will keep an eye on our property but you need to make sure you put other steps into place as well..

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  6. These are great tips! When we travel we have people come and check on the house, and sometimes even stay over for a few days.

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  7. These are some great tips. I think having a house sitter is always a great idea. We always make sure to have someone look over our house. Our neighbors always keep an eye out too.

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  8. We haven't traveled as much as we would like to lately. My husband's college schedule has interfered with that. Hopefully it will change once he gets out.

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  9. I live in an apartment but when I travel I stop my mail so packages don't accumulate on my doorstep and I turn my cameras on so I can see if someone comes inside while I'm out of town. And I don't usually announce it on social media until I'm home again.

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  10. I always make sure that all my important documents our hidden and always in a safe place and setting up an extra CCTV camera is something that I always do when I am away.

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  11. These are great tips. Keeping documents hidden and locked away is something we always do. Also, we leave a light or two on.

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  12. Shoshana10:14 AM

    Love your tips. I never understand people who leave curtains half open while away! I love the idea of the smart lights that turn on in the evening. I always ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the house while away.

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  13. We use our Ring motion sensor alarm and I love it. We get the notifications and can see what's happening in real time.

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  14. Thanks for those tips! You should always leave a key with close friends or family members while you’re away

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  15. I think reading this article is super important. You can never tell what could happen when you are not at home. I think having security cameras is a huge key.

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  16. These are good tips and ideas and def. something that i think about as well when we are gone. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. That's why I love our neighborhood. Everyone looks out for each other and takes care of everyone. Plus everyone has outdoor cameras too.

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