Packing suitcases, getting travel money and passports means you’re all ready to go on holiday… Or so you think. Does your mind suddenly fill with uncertainty, already contemplating turning the car around, or even double, triple checking you’ve locked the door because you can’t be sure you’ve secured everything?
Nobody likes starting off a holiday this way. Whilst you’re supposed to be embarking on a stress-free, sun-filled getaway, you are instead racing home in a panic, worried that this one slight oversight might make you late for your beloved escape.
No matter how often you may travel, you should always create a checklist of all the major and minor things you need to do before you leave. This is especially true if you don’t have a Blink system, you can't check on your home after you’ve already gotten in the car and driven off!
Recent figures released from the Metropolitan Police end of year crime statistics show burglary of homes and businesses is up by 11%.Therefore it's a key priority to ensure your home is safe and secure.
Not sure what to put on your checklist? Here are some items you should consider, just to get you started:
- Close the garage door.
We are all guilty of it – simply take that second glance as you’re pulling away. I guarantee that craning your neck now will hurt a lot less than the whiplash you will get later from that sudden U-turn.
- Turn the lights off.
Or, better yet, set a light timer if you have one (these turn the lights on automatically at a pre-determined schedule while you’re away, for better home security). Either way, do a final walk-through of your home to make sure all lights are off or all timers are set and working.
- Turn off all appliances and electronics.
This can be a hefty list depending on your house, but a whole number of things can cost you money while you’re away or worse, cause a fire. Take the time to check your various items before you leave so you don’t have to worry about any nasty surprises when you get home. Some items to consider: TV, speaker system, curling/straightening iron, coffeemaker, stove, computers, etc.
- Take care of [insert adorable pet name here].
Speaking of avoiding nasty surprises – whether you choose a pet-sitter or opt for the kennel, confirm with your caretaker the dates, times, and expectations for their care while you’re away. If you have a pet you can leave at home alone, double-check that they will have plenty of food, water, and space for taking care of their business. You can keep check of this using a Blink camera!
- Turn off the water.
This may not be necessary if you are just leaving for a weekend, but better safe than sorry. Shutting off the lines to your washing machine, toilets, etc. will ensure that the first step back into your house isn’t into a layer of water.
- Stop the mail and newspaper.
Or, if you’re lucky enough to have super-friendly, trusted and helpful neighbours, ask them to pick up your mail and newspaper each day. If you forget to do either of these, an overflowing mailbox or packages left for days outside will send an obvious signal to people that you are either away or dead, both of which frankly make your house an appealing target for break-ins.
- Arm your home security system.
It’s very important that you have a plan B in case you do forget to stop your mail and newspaper. Now I know what you’re thinking, “too expensive, too difficult,” but the reality is that home security solutions are becoming increasingly popular and affordable thanks to the invention of DIY systems. Take Blink for example– at £129.99 (and no monthly fees), you simply download an app to your phone and just like that you can arm or disarm your system from anywhere. Better yet, you can also receive real-time video clips of any activity within your home, whether it be someone saying hi to the dog-sitter or someone trying to break-in while you’re away.
- Lock all windows and doors.
This can be time-consuming depending on your home, which is why you should always aim to give yourself at least a half-hour breathing space between when you are all packed and ready to leave and when you really need leave. In these 30 minutes you should be able to carefully secure, turn off, unplug, and close all necessary items before legitimately being able to enjoy a worry-free vacation.
Start preparing for that worry-free getaway by ordering a Blink system today – systems start at just £129.99 with no monthly fees!
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