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8 Ways to Protect Your Home While
Away on Vacation

Are you planning a holiday trip? Here are some important things to remember before you leave.

Katie Dunahoo – Certified Residential Specialist – 858.775.1239



  • Make sure to hold the mail and newspaper. If you can’t have someone pick it up every day, it’s a sure giveaway that nobody’s home.
  • If possible, leave a key with someone you trust and have them keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.
  • Unplug all electronics that don’t need to used like the television, coffee maker, microwave, printers and home computers.
  • Lower the temperature on your water heater.
  • If you can, leave a car in the driveway or invite a neighbor to use you driveway for parking. Use timers to turn on outdoor and indoor lights to give the impression that someone is home. Leaving the porch light on the entire time you’re gone is not a good idea. If you don’t have a timed light, you can leave an interior light during your trip as long as you can’t easily notice it during the day.
  • As excited as you may be to go on vacation, avoid advertising it over Facebook and Twitter. Also, keep this in mind while posting updates from your cell phone on vacation. This goes for kids too!
  • If you have access to one, place all your valuables in a safe or safe deposit box.
  • Remember, if your house is on the market, you can ask your agent to stop by and check in. While you’re on vacation, it’s a great time for showings because you won’t have schedule conflicts.

Follow these tips the next time you are out of town, you will most likely protect your house and your peace of mind.






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