Preparing your home before vacation

Summer is just about here, which means that there is a good chance that you’re getting ready for one (or several) getaway vacations. Such plans should only be accompanied by feelings of serenity and joy rather than stress and negativity.

At Ralarm, we are obligated to let you know that while your vacation should mainly serve as a mental break from the stresses of everyday life, you shouldn’t just let your guard down once you have arrived at your final destination. Preparing your home for security – whether it’s a house rental or apartment – is essential, but sometimes can get overlooked. A lot of the security measures exist outside of the home more than you might think.

1. Don’t let the world know where you are

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We get it: You want people to feel a little jealous about the fact that you’re in Spain or on a safari in eastern Africa and that they are not. However, letting your social media network know that you’re thousands of miles away from your home is kind of like leaving your door wide open.

If you’re going to do social media posts about your vacation, it is probably best to wait until after you have returned from your trip.

Unless you have a tight-knit control over your friends and followers, it’s really hard to know who the people are that see your status. Fight the temptation, and wait until you’re within the confines of your home again.

2. Make sure all doors and windows are secured

You’re always in the habit of ensuring that your front and back doors are effectively locked, but what about any other potential entrances into your home? Before you leave, take a walk around and take note of every door and window, and make sure that they are all tightly secured.

If you feel that your current door locks aren’t enough, consider reaching out to your landlord or property management company about installing deadbolt locks. You have a right to live in as secure of a home as possible, so don’t be afraid to bring it up.

3. Unplug all nonessential appliances.

Depending on your personality, you may have had that slightly horrifying thought: “Oh no. I think I left the iron on.” It’s a quick way to ruin what was meant to be a relaxing week.

Apart from the obvious safety benefits, unplugging nonessential devices and appliances while you are away can cut back on avoidable energy expenses.

You know what’s best for your home. If you have any timed/automation-powered lights that turn on at night, definitely leave them alone. Your coffeemaker, TV and computer can probably stand without power while you are away.

4. Talk to your landlord about home security.

You shouldn’t be surprised that we are bringing this up, and now we’re just going to take this opportunity to stress the importance and effectiveness of having a renter’s home security system. With a security system installed, you’ll have more power over the security of your home, and burglars are less likely to mess around with your living space.

If you haven’t talked with your property management yet, it might be time to do so in advance. Let them know that is in the best interest of all parties involved. The safety that home security systems provide has been proven over and over again.

Remember that Ralarm offer home security solutions for renters across the country. Security shouldn’t belong to just homeowners – it’s a right for all types of living.

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