This post is sponsored by Guardian Alarm. All thoughts and opinion are my own.
I can’t believe that Labor Day weekend has already come and gone! As summer finally winds down, so does summer travel as we await the beginning of the holiday craze. This summer feels like it went by in a blur with constantly being on the go. I’m actually looking forward to the consistency of a routine and taking advantage of the few months before the holidays amp up to unwind and slow down a bit (at least until the holidays start and we are on-the-go and traveling more again).
With our summer travels and vacations, we took a lot of steps to make sure that our home was safe and secure while we were gone. It was great to feel the freedom of not worrying about things like burglary, flood or accidents while we were away thanks to a little help from Guardian Alarm, as well as other steps we took to nix all the “what if” situations that could arise while away.
Before you head on your next vacation, make sure to keep these tips and ideas tips in mind to keep your home safe and secure:
Put Your Mail On Hold
Piles of mail and packages on your porch that sit there for days is a dead giveaway to let intruders know that no one is home. It’s super simple and easy to put mail and packages on hold. Simply head to USPS, UPS and FedEx websites and select the dates you’ll be gone to have all packages and mail delayed.
Consider a Security System
A security system is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your home is safe and secure while vacationing. We have a system with Guardian Alarm that not only protects us from intruders or theft with the use of sensors on our doors and windows, but also has a multitude of other services that protect our home from other potential disasters. Our whole home system also has smoke and carbon monoxide protection, you can opt for flood protection through the use of water sensors (perfect in case pipes break or sump pump failure), home automation (thermostat, lights, etc.) and more. Having a home security system is a great peace of mind that allows us to be free of worry when we travel.
Lock Your Garage Door
While automatic garages are pretty secure, many have an emergency release that can be easily accessed by burglars using a wire hanger to pull and open your door. To prevent this, cut the bottom handle off of your emergency release or install a garage door side lock on your track to use when you will be gone for extended periods of time.
Home automation is such a fun and useful service for not only travel, but everyday life for allowing you to have control of your home, even while away. With our Guardian Alarm security service, we opted to have lights that we can control from our phone on the Guardian Alarm App which is great for making our home appeared occupied when we are away. We can turn them on and off throughout the day to give the illusion that we are home (or to just have some lights on when we walk through the door).
Another home automation service that is great is having cameras in your home. It’s comforting to be able to peek into our home via our smartphones and the Guardian Alarm app and pan the camera around the room or outside to be sure that everything looks normal and secure. We can even set it to send video to my email/phone if there is movement captured while we are away — it’s pretty cool!
In the case that someone does need access to our home, we can automatically arm or disarm our security system while away and also unlock our deadbolt with our phone (or give a short-term code for someone to use). It’s been perfect when we’ve been gone and had family members that needed access to our home!
Tell Trusted Neighbor/Friend/Family
When you plan to travel, let a trusted neighbor, friend or family member know and see if they can help keep an eye on your home for anything that may let intruders know your gone or if they see anything that causes suspicion. Make sure to give them your vacation contact info in case they need to get ahold of you.
Be Careful Sharing Too Much Online
In this digital age, we share everything online! Be mindful of what and who you are sharing with because your travel pics and check-in’s are a clear indication that you’re gone. Either make sure everything is private (which can still be a sticky situation) or wait until you’re home to do your posting (this is my go-to strategy).
When it comes to traveling, my mindset is the easier the better! Making a checklist of the things to make sure that are done prior to leaving is one of the simplest ways to set my mind at ease, nix the stress and be sure that we have a vacation that allows us to relax and unwind. Hopefully these tips and tools can allow you to relax just a little bit more on your next getaway!