Sunday, 29 January 2017

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Keeping your home safe when travelling

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Now it's not very often I publish posts at the weekend, but I got too excited. I've mentioned this before but...

I'M GOING TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!

It was a hard decision to choose against going back to Mexico but eventually myself and Edmond decided that Dom Rep was the better option for this year as it worked out around £300 cheaper for the same deal, different country. I have been there before (this will actually be my 8th time) but I haven't really had the chance to explore or make long lasting memories - I was a lot younger. The plan this time round is to make the absolute most of it, as you should with any holiday, and get out and about seeing the sights and learning more about the history of one of my favourite countries!

In preparation for the holiday, it's time to start thinking about what I need and what needs doing before we jet off in June. One of the most important things to think about when planning to travel is keeping your home safe. Now, at the moment I'm living at uni but in June I will be back home with my parents so luckily I have them to watch over my things and of course, the house. But when we're all away at the same time, it gets a little different.

SimpliSafe have created a handy infographic giving some top tips on keeping your home and belongings safe whilst you're away. They are sharing it to encourage everyone to share their own tips!  Feel free to save it and print it out ready for when you are planning to go on holiday!

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There are definitely some ideas on here that I've never thought of. It's definitely important to keep your house as clean and tidy as you can whilst you're away; if it looks dirty then people will start realising there is no one currently there! On another note, there are a few things that we do at home not listed! 

How we keep the house safe:

- Make sure all the doors and windows are locked and no keys are in sight
Most people tend to close their windows without locking them properly these days but it's important that, whilst you're away, the keys are properly used. Once we've used them, I know it becomes a habit to just leave them in plain sight on the windowsill so hide them away in drawers or under ornaments. If you have to, write down in your phone (as long as you're taking your phone with you) where you've put them so you don't forget.

- Leave a light on, or the radio
Even if we're just going out for the day or night, we always leave a lamp on. It started off as a way to let the cats see where they are going, but of course they don't need it. Now we always leave a lamp on in the corner of the back room, as from our front windows you can nearly see straight through the house. Leaving the radio on is also a good way to make it sound like people are in, whether or not you can see anyone.

- House sitter
We always ask my best friend to look after the house. She only lives across the road and it's easy enough for her to pop round on the way home from work. Having someone regularly checking up on the house gives you the reassurance that if anything does happen, you can find out quickly. Not only is this great for your house sitter, so they can earn a little bit of extra money or a bottle of wine, but you can ask them you feed your pet and water the plants!

- Lights, camera, alarms
Setting up in and outside house alarms and camera definitely helps. It was said that there had been some break ins around our area and bikes were being stolen from sheds and garages. To prevent this from happening, we've installed a motion sensor light in the back garden and put up a little CCTV camera. Of course a "Smile, you're on CCTV" plaque is a must! Motion sensor alarms are the best burglary prevention for inside your house, as long as you don't have pets that will set them off all the time. If you do, then make sure your pets can't go into the rooms where the sensors are. Another option is to get sensors that are pet-friendly like this wireless security system!

- Keep Quiet!
Don't tell people when exactly it is your going away. Tell family and friends, that's fine as long as they don't go blabbing your address to other people. Avoid posting things on social media that suggests your house is free. Save the holiday photos until you get back! 

How do you keep your house safe when travelling?

- KC xx

33 comments:

  1. Lots of great tips here. I travel often and always have the same friend stay in my home xxx

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    1. It's great when you have friends you can trust to look after your things :D

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  2. Lots of great tips here. I went to the Dominican Republic on honeymoon and I loved it. Such good value too.

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    1. I'm glad you loved it, makes me more excited :D

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  3. Some great tips here, luckily my home is never empty so we don't have to worry too much. We went to Dominican a couple of years ago and had a great time x

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    1. Glad you had a great time, I used to love it, can't wait to go back!

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  4. You have featured some fabulous tips and some i will most definitely be implementing when we next go away so thanks for that :) x

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  5. There are some great tips here, some that I already use and some that I haven't thought of before. I've never thought of moving my valuables to a safety deposit box before travelling, that is something I will have to think about. I hope you have a wonderful trip to the Dominican Republic!

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    1. Neither had I before I read the infographic! Thank you :D

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  6. I like the idea of a house sitter although I would be worried that they would treat themselves to a good ol' rave lol! Have fun in Dom x

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    1. haha, luckily my friend isn't one for parties! thank you :D

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  7. Great post. This is so important. My grandparents were on holiday at the weekend and their house was broken into! There have been other reports in the areas as well.

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    1. Oh no! I hope nothing valuable was stolen! It's not nice when you hear about break ins!

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  8. Some excellent tips that are really useful for keeping the home safe whilst on holiday.

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  9. Some great advice here. But probably the best one is not publicising that you'll be going away. Good shout for sharing these!

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  10. Some great tips here. I don't get these people who post their personal details on social media x

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  11. Great tips here, we have a house alarm and CCTV so I feel like my house is pretty safe when I travel x

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  12. Great tips. I love in a secure block of flats so things are slightly easier for me but sometimes I still worry so I make my mum pop in when I'm away to check on things x

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  13. The Dominican Republic is lovely, they have some gorgeous beaches there but I can't remember which side was better. Great tips it's better to be safe than sorry.

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  14. Some amazing tips here and I have printed out the infographic so I can remember to do everything before I leave on my next trip! Thank you x

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  15. Great infographic! We usually follow local police crime prevention advice before travelling. We're heading to Mexico this year!

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  16. These are really great tips to keep your home safe while traveling. I went to Dominican Republic in September had a blast. I live in an apartment and all we did was make sure all windows were locked and we put all out door locks (we have three different locks).

    Enjoy your trip :-)

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  17. I always feel anxious about our home when we travel. Great tips!

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  18. I would add one extra tip. Check your home insurance to see how long you can leave your home unoccupied without invalidating the insurance. Some can be surprisingly mean about this.

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  19. I travel a lot but I have never thought of how to get my house secured while I am away. I am lucky to live in a small building, at the second floor, with my landlord in the house next to mine.

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  20. Great tips, we always get a house sitter when we are going away, or else I would worry too much!

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  21. Some very helpful tips here for keeping the home safe when travelling, my mum is very helpful and she usually looks after my house if we go on holiday

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  22. What a gear idea to follow for when your going away. I always tire myself silly when going away as I love to come home to
    A sparkling house, maybe that's a bad thing is someone would know that I was definitely not home eek!

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  23. Fab tips here I love to travel and I will deffo keep this in mind! L x

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  24. Good tips, I really worry about my house when I am away, I tend to leave keys with a friend to pop up and move letters, open curtains etc.

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  25. These are some great tips :) I am always paranoid about my flat when I leave and I'm actually also lucky to have friends who can keep an eye on my stuff when I'm away x

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  26. Protecting your home when you;re on vacation is super important! I always have my cousin check on the apartment when ever I go away for a weekend.

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