How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Summer will be here before you know it and if you are planning a vacation, you should also learn how to protect your home while on vacation. Most people don’t think about their home while they are away, but everyone should consider it. Here are some things you can do to protect your home.

How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Secure Doors and Windows

Double-check that all doors and windows are locked before leaving.

Consider Home Automation

Invest in smart home devices such as smart locks, doorbell cameras, and security systems that allow you to monitor and control your home remotely. Some systems even simulate occupancy by turning lights on and off at scheduled times. Consider adding these outdoor light bulb cameras (aff link) to the outside of your home. I have some and they work great.

Ask a Neighbor for Help

Have a trusted neighbor pick up mail and newspapers to avoid buildup, which signals an empty house.

Avoid Social Media Updates

Refrain from posting vacation updates on social media to prevent broadcasting your absence.

Hold Mail and Packages

Contact the post office to hold your mail and request a hold on any package deliveries until you return.

Notify Local Authorities

Inform your local police department or neighborhood watch about your vacation plans, so they can keep an eye on your property.

Check Home Insurance Coverage

Ensure your home insurance policy is up-to-date and provides adequate coverage for theft, vandalism, and other potential risks.

Maintain Privacy

Close blinds or curtains to prevent anyone from seeing inside your home. This helps maintain privacy and prevents potential burglars from scouting out valuable items.

How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Secure Spare Keys

Remove any spare keys hidden outside your home, as burglars often check common hiding spots. Instead, leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor or friend.

Secure Garage and Shed

Make sure your garage and any outdoor sheds are securely locked, as they often contain valuable items and tools.

Install Motion-Activated Lights

Install motion-activated lights around the exterior of your home to deter intruders and provide additional visibility at night.

Install a Security System

Consider installing a security system with cameras and alarms for added protection. Check out our guide on how to improve home security too!

Arrange for Lawn Maintenance

Arrange for someone to mow the lawn or shovel snow to maintain the appearance of an occupied home.

Inform Trusted Individuals

Inform trusted individuals, such as family members or close friends, of your travel plans and how to reach you in case of an emergency.

Secure Valuables

Store valuables such as jewelry, important documents, and electronics in a secure safe or lockbox.

Unplug Appliances

Unplug non-essential appliances to reduce the risk of electrical fires and save energy. You can also turn off your hot water heater. This burns a ton of electricity and it doesn’t take long to heat the water when you home.

Consider House Sitters

If possible, hire a house sitter to stay in your home while you’re away for added security and peace of mind.

How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Arrange for Pet Care

If you have pets, make arrangements for their care while you’re on vacation, whether it’s hiring a pet sitter (aff link) or boarding them at a reputable facility.

Secure Important Documents

Store important documents such as passports, financial records, and insurance policies in a secure and fireproof location within your home.

Notify Alarm Company

If you have a home security system, inform the alarm company of your vacation dates and provide them with emergency contact information.

Have a Trusted Emergency Contact

Designate a trusted friend or family member as an emergency contact who can check on your home in case of any issues or emergencies.

Return Checklist

Before returning home, create a checklist to ensure everything is in order. This includes checking for any signs of intrusion, ensuring utilities are functioning properly, and verifying that all doors and windows are securely locked.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure the safety and security of your home while you enjoy your vacation with peace of mind. Going on vacation should be fun and relaxing. It would help if you didn’t have to worry about your home while away. Make sure you follow these how to protect your home while on vacation.

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How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Do you have any other tips on how to protect your home while on vacation?

11 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation”

  1. Great tips! It’s generally safe where we are based, but these are useful to anyone going on vacation. Petsitters are great especially for those with pets, like us, we get to leave for vacations knowing we have trusted petsitters.

  2. Great tips on protecting one’s home while on vacay! I avoid posting on social media until I get home from a trip because of what happened to an influencer who was robbed while away.

  3. I try to do all of these when we go away. I always get paranoid when we go. You just never know these days. People are insane.

  4. These are all really good ideas. Going on vacation and leaving your home can be hard. I always have the neighbors and friends help look after my home when I go on vacation.

  5. We do tons of house prep when we leave for a vacation. It is good to have a checklist of things to keep an eye on and to make sure your home is secure and taken care of.

  6. These are helpful and practical tips! We have a lot of trips planned in the next few months and we’re actually thinking of installing a security system and some solar-powered motion-activated lights.

    Will take your advice to create a return checklist. We have never tried making one but I think it’s brilliant.

  7. Smart home devices are a game-changer for security and convenience. Love the idea of using outdoor light bulb cameras—they add a great layer of protection!

  8. such an important topic, especially now when many are going away on vacations. having trusted neighbors and friends nearby to keep an eye is always such a relief


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