Away From Home for a While? Need home security? House-sitters help!
There will often come a time in our lives when we leave home for a few weeks, traveling off on holiday or on business, entrusting our houses to house sitters or simply leaving them empty. This can, understandably, be a rather stress-inducing process.
Our homes are our sanctuaries. During the day to day normality of life we’re fine leaving them unattended for hours, days at a time, but any longer period and the mind sometimes begins to race, thinking of all of the terrible events that could befall your most treasured possession. How, then, do we put our minds at ease?
Unplug non-essential electronics
This is the most important tip in this article. If you want to avoid electrical fires, short circuits and, less importantly, a large electricity bill when you get home, then make sure that every single plug in your home is firmly switched to the ‘off’ position, and, if possible, turn off the electricity at the mains. This tip is especially important in older homes with antiquated wiring and plug systems.
If you can’t stomach leaving your home alone, find house-sitters, get someone to stay in your house whilst you’re away. This service can often be free – it’s free accommodation for the house-sitters, after all – but there are a couple of things you should do before entrusting them with your property.
Make sure you know for sure where valuables are in the house, so in the extremely unlikely event of theft you can be certain the worst has occurred. Next make sure the sitter has a comfortable, clean bed to stay in; if all of your mattresses are beat, perhaps think about getting a clearance item from an online site such as BEDSTAR. It won’t cost as much as you think.
House-sitters can be a discrete presence for security
When you have house-sitters in your home for a period of time for security they can be discrete. You can brief them to maintain a low key presence so as not to attract attention. However, their presence means that while you are away they will keep appearances consistent. Your garden will be maintained, curtains will be drawn, lights will go on at night it will look like someone lives at your home.
Don’t Broadcast the Fact
You may feel the urge to broadcast to the world, via social media, that you’re heading off on a wonderful, long, holiday. Don’t. Criminals nowadays are increasingly tech savvy, and your efforts to inform (or inspire envy) may act like a massive arrow pointing at your completely empty house!
Throw Away Perishable Foods
Milk, bread, meats and vegetables; all of these should definitely be thrown in the trash before your house-sitters arrive and you head off on holiday, lest your home smell decidedly disgusting when you return from your trip. Imagine having to deal with that on top of the post-vacation blues!
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