It’s that time of the year already: when students are wrapping up the school year, when the days are getting progressively longer and when adults wish they could become kids again! Aaaah, Summer!
Summer is “officially” upon us and with that comes big travel plans. And with vacation, comes the arduous task of prepping your home for your and your family’s absence. Here’s this handy list that could help you stay organized (and sane) as you plan to leave home, whether it’s for a couple of days, or a week or two.
Install timers on your lamps to mimic your daily routine (this can also be achieved with high tech options like smart lighting).
Disable your automatic garage door opener.
Keep tabs on your neighborhood while you’re away with Nextdoor, a private social network that brings together neighbors. Remember to always use caution with social media postings when away from home (see more below).
Consider smart locks that you can control remotely. Kwikset® offers smart locks and padlocks and even a rekeying feature.
Don’t Announce Plans Online
Or if you insist on documenting and sharing your trip, make sure you take some time to revise your privacy settings so only friends and family that you trust have access to your published content. As opposed to posting globally and publicly, where your posts might get your residence some unwanted attention. Also, it might be fun and rather cute to get your kids involved in the documenting process, where you empower each with a pen and journal so they get to write about their favorite aspects of the trip.