Ways to Ensure Your Apartment Is Safe When Leaving for a Vacation
A vacation is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, and that’s a feeling that’s easily broken if something happens to your apartment while you’re gone. Thankfully, keeping your home safe when you live in an apartment community is a little bit easier than if you owned a house. However, you should still take some precautions to make sure everything is in proper order during your vacation. Here are a few things you can do to keep your apartment safe while you’re away.
Stop the Mail and Notify Your Community Management
The thing to remember when leaving for a vacation is that you want everything to appear as normal and as if you never left for vacation at all. The biggest tell-tale sign that you’re not home is a pile of mail in your mailbox and flyers posted to your door. That’s why it’s best that you get in touch with your local post office and suspend your mail delivery for the duration of your trip. While that will solve most of the issue, it’s still a good idea to get in touch with your community management to notify them of your leave. Your management may have additional advice for keeping your home safe while you’re away.
Enlist Your Friends and Neighbors
Even after suspending your mail and notifying the apartment community management, it might be best to get a friend or neighbor to check in on your home on a regular basis. This could deter any potential no-gooders who see that your home is still populated. Plus, if you have pets that need to be taken care of while you’re away, you can save big money by relying on a buddy rather than leaving your furry friend at a kennel during your trip.
Install a Smart Camera
Unless you’re having a house sitter stay at your home for the duration of your trip, your apartment isn’t going to be under constant watch. For many, that’s not a big issue – after all, many spend most of the day outside their home and at work. But if you want to be extra cautious about keeping your home safe, you should consider purchasing a smart camera system. Products like Nest and Canary are fairly cheap, easy to set up, and accessible from your phone, meaning you can always check in on your home from wherever you are. Just be sure not to spend your entire vacation checking the feeds!
Keep Valuables Secret and Safe
It’s unpleasant to think about, but despite your best preparation, your home might be broken into. So, if worse comes to worst, you’ll want your valuables kept safe… perhaps in a literal safe. Home safes come in a variety of shapes and sizes for whatever valuable possessions you want to keep secure, such as cash, jewelry, and family mementos. It’s important to remember, however, that a home safe isn’t the end-all-be-all protective measure. Your irreplaceable things would be better kept with a trusted friend or in a deposit box at your bank.
More likely than not, your apartment is going to be safe throughout your travels and just as you left it when you return. However, for those very slight chances in which something could wrong, the little effort required is more than worth it. Just a little work before you leave could be all the difference in keeping your home secure.