Summer is finally here! Many of us have summer destinations planned, and we’re excited to hit the road! We have some great communities in Rochester with some of the safest neighborhoods in the area! But, it is still important to take precautions to keep your home safe while you travel. We’re back with a 2016 version of How to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re on Vacation:
Watch Social Media
We know you’re looking forward to your trip, and you want to share your excitement with all your friends & family. However, it is important that you be aware of what you’re posting on social media– it isn’t necessarily wise to broadcast over Facebook that your family will be at the cottage for a week. Pictures you post while you’re away, might just tip someone off that your home is currently unattended.
Don’t leave those lights blazing while you’re gone!! Not only will your electricity bill be through the roof, leaving lights on for weeks at a time isn’t very green!! Sure, lights on may be a signal that someone is home… but leaving a single one on for a long period of time could just send the opposite signal! Instead, invest in a timer switch or two, and have short bursts of time when your lights are on.
Nothing screams “we’re on vacation” like an overflowing mailbox or a pile of newspapers on the porch! Be sure to stop all deliveries, or find someone you trust to collect things for you!! And if you’re going to be gone for a long stretch, you might consider having someone mow your lawn for you.
SafeSoundFamily has some excellent ideas. Here’s our favorite 3:
Unplug all unnecessary appliances (except those on timers, of course) to protect your home from an electrical fire or power surge. This goes for the big stuff, like TVs, but also for your toaster, your coffee maker, and other small appliances.
Hide the Hide-a-Key
It’s impossible to forget your key if you’re not even home, so go ahead and take any hidden spare keys out of commission. Just don’t forget to re-hide them when you return!
Keep Your Cool
Turn down (or up) the thermostat to save on electricity while you’re gone. In the winter, set the heat to about 55° – warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing, but cool enough to save – and during the summer, set your air-conditioning to 85°. You can also lower the temperature on your water heater.
We wish you safe and happy travels this summer with a safe and secure home to come back to. If you want to STAY-cation with a home in the Greater Rochester area, we’d love to make your dream a reality. Contact us today to get connected.