We all like going on vacation. Who doesn’t? Let’s face it, we have enough stress in our daily lives; we need a little pampering now and then. It might be something as simple as going to a local gym and getting a good workout. It might be a nice quiet stroll through the woods or even down one of our neighbourhood streets. Who knows, it could even be a night out with the mates at the local club, letting the good times wash away our worries and concerns. But nothing beats a good vacation for a thorough detox of all our stresses and preoccupations.
For many of us, going on vacation is a double-edged sword. On one hand, we look for to getting out of town and heading off to our final destination. But no matter how far we travel, or how long we go, we tend to worry a little bit about the safety of our home. Will everything be okay? Will everything be the same as when we left? There are some things you can do to alleviate your fears.
You’re Home, but You’re Not
One of the principal concerns about leaving our house unattended is the risk of burglary. During specific holiday seasons, such as Christmas holidays or summer vacation, burglars know that a large percentage of homes will be unoccupied and therefore they are prime targets for an attempted break-in. The trick is to make them believe that you are actually at home, conducting your normal life, even though you might be halfway on the other side of the world. Here are some simple steps to fool the bad guys.
Have a List, Check It Twice
Some of these things might be obvious to you, while others may not. But here’s a basic set of things to do to not make it look like you’re on vacation.
- Cancel delivery of anything that comes on a weekly or daily basis. This could be your local newspaper, the milk delivery or even the post.
- Have a trusted neighbour check up on your house every day to make sure that no one has left anything for you to collect and which might otherwise remain there for days.
- Have lighting timers installed in several rooms of the house, such as the living room and bedrooms. Make sure they go on about the time it goes dark and go off again when daylight appears.
- Keep any valuable or expensive items, such as large flat screen televisions clearly out of sight. However, set timers on them, so they will go on during regular evening hours. Remember, it must appear like you are at home, during your regular hours.
- Have your friendly neighbour park his car in your driveway. Yes, you will owe him a very nice present when you return.
- It should go without saying that everything should be locked securely and that your insurance policy is up-to-date.
- Don’t tag your suitcases with any information about your address. You never know who might be taking a note of that type of information at the local train station or airport. Put your cell phone number instead. Anyone who needs to reach you concerning your luggage will still be able to find you, but no one will know exactly where you live.
If You’re Moving Permanently
There are times in life when you’re vacation might be permanent, in a manner of speaking. You might be offered an exciting and irresistible job in another part of the country, or even another part of the world. This time, when you pack, you pack for good. You also want to quickly sell your home and move on with your life. You might think that getting this done quickly is close to impossible. After all, having a quick house sale is an elusive beast nowadays. But there are companies ready to pay cash for your home and who can act quickly and efficiently. You will find to your surprise that they can make the whole transaction occur within just a couple of weeks.
Once that is accomplished, you won’t have to worry about fooling the burglars anymore (at least not at your present address) and can go on to enjoying the next adventurous chapter of your life. (169)