Keep Your Vero Beach Home Protected While on Vacation this Summer

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With summer in full swing, many of us are getting away from home and going on vacation with our loved ones. This is a time to relax, so you shouldn't have to worry about the safety of your home while you're away. Here are 7 ways you can feel comfortable while out of town this summer:
  1. Have a friend stop by the house: If you have plants that need watered or pets that need to be fed, having a friend come by can be very helpful. They can also make sure nothing out of the ordinary happens to your home.
  2. Be careful on social media: Don't alert the world about your vacation. There are better ways to communicate your excitement than online. Either wait until you return or find more private ways to talk about your trip, so as to avoid tipping off online criminals.
  3. Make sure you have timers for your lights: It's not wise to leave a few lights on while you are away. There's nothing more suspicious that leaving a light on in the same room for days at a time. Timers can make sure lights are turned on in different rooms at different times to make it look like someone is home.
  4. Stop your mail or have your neighbor get it: There is no better giveaway that no one is home than an overflowing mailbox. Have the post office hold your mail until you return, or have a neighbor grab it for you.
  5. Make sure all appliances are unplugged: This will help to prevent accidental fires or power surges, as well as save you some money on your electric bill.
  6. Turn off the water: This will help prevent leaks, which could cause a lot of damage if you're not there to catch the problem when it starts.
  7. Remove your hideaway key: If a burglar knows you're away, there's no sense in making it any easier to get into your home. There's a lot more time to search for your spare key when no one is home. Either give it to a friend or put it somewhere inside.
Following the above tips will help you rest assured knowing your home is safe while you're away. As always, if you have any real estate needs, give us a call or shoot us an email. And, of course, have a happy and safe vacation!