When it comes to planning for a long-term stay, it can be stressful trying to make sure you are fully prepared. If leaving home means leaving an unoccupied house, there are steps to take to ensure that everything will be safe while you’re away.
No matter how rushed you may be, it is beyond important to make sure you lock all external doors, windows and the garage. Pay special attention to the windows, because it is easier to remember to check that the doors are locked than the windows.
If you plan on having a friend come check on your house while you are away, it is best to leave the key with them instead of under a mat outside of your house. It is also helpful to recruit watchful neighbors who can keep an eye on your house periodically.
For a small fee, you can have your mail forwarded to the location of your stay. Those looking to break into your home can see the stacks of mail as an indicator that no one is home nor has anyone been home. You can also have your mail held at the Post Office for a limited amount of time.
We know that going on trips away from home can be stressful, but with help from neighbors and added security precautions you can put your mind at ease.