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Summer Travel Checklist

It’s summer, and you’re about to go on vacation!

Before you settle into permanent vacation relaxation, take a minute to skim through Home Security Team‘s Summer Travel Checklist. There are tips every homeowner can follow before heading out the door to ensure a safe re-entry.

What to do…

home checklist2 weeks in advance:

  • Keep discussions about your travel plans private and off social media. You don’t want to announce to strangers or followers that you will be gone and your house will be empty.
  • Contact the Post Office, your local newspaper, and other delivery services, and halt all deliveries until you return. If possible, ask a neighbor or family friend to pick your paper and mail up daily. This ensures a trusted individual is checking up on your house while you’re away.
  • If you plan to be gone for more than a week, arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shoveled. Ask a neighbor to set your trash and recycling out on collection day and then retrieve the bins when they’re emptied.
  • Provide contact info in case of an emergency to a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor, and politely ask if they’ll check in on your house while you’re gone, unless they’ll be doing so already.
  • Don’t change the outgoing message on your answering machine. Never use a message that says you’re out of town or provides another number where you can be reached. Instead, call in periodically to retrieve your messages. Before you leave, disable or turn down the ringers on your phones so unanswered rings won’t be heard from outside.
  • Make sure your security system is operating properly. If you don’t have one, consider calling Home Security Team. We can install within a matter of days.

Family running on beach at sunset, rear view

2 days in advance:

  • Set up and activate timers for a few lights around your house. Include a radio too if you’d like.
  • Park your car in the driveway instead of inside the garage. Unplug your automatic garage door opener before you leave.
  • Never record a message on your answering machine that mentions being out of town. Instead, call in every couple days to retrieve your messages, and before you leave disable or turn down ringers so unanswered calls can’t be heard from outside.

Day you leave:

  • If you have one, set your thermostat to a higher temperature, but don’t turn it off.
  • Don’t close blinds and shades tightly. Instead, leave them in their normal positions. Burglars are attracted to homes that remains covered up 24/7.
  • Don’t add your street address to your luggage tag. Instead, include only your name, number, and email address.
  • Take one last walk-through before heading out. Make sure all windows locked. Arm your monitored home security system. Lock the front door.
  • Breathe easy. You’re on vacation now!


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