Getting ready to leave your home for your summer holiday?

July 23rd 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Getting ready to leave your home for your summer holiday?

If you are getting ready to leave your St Albans or Harpenden home for a much-deserved summer holiday it’s good to make sure you have a security checklist. Preparing for a family holiday can be hard enough on its own without worrying about leaving your Harpenden or St Albans home.

To make your absence from your home as stress-free as possible the security and safety of your home while you're away is of paramount importance. The last thing you want it to be worrying about security at your St Albans or Harpenden property when you are trying to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break.

If your home looks unoccupied while you are away it can lead to unwanted attention. So to reduce the risk of attracting attention by cancelling your regular household deliveries you could always ask a friend or a neighbour to share the deliveries and or take some in. They could also remove any free post that may be visible in your letterbox or on your doormat and you could do the same for them when they are away.

It’s a good idea not to leave the curtains drawn or the blinds shut during the day, it can make it seem really obvious that your property is empty. To safeguard your home and reduce the risk of unwanted visitors the current advice is to ensure your curtains and blinds are open when you leave and that your lights are turned off.

You can, however, be clever with lighting nowadays with advancements in smart home technology. Numerous appliances can now be controlled remotely from your smartphone. Smart lighting enables you to switch your lights on from your mobile whilst you are sipping on a cocktail on the beach. This is a great investment and allows you to take control of your lighting and give the illusion of someone in your home. 

For some advanced peace of mind when you are away from your St Albans or Harpenden home you could set up a live video stream from your security cameras using the same technology. That could keep you connected to your home from wherever you are. But do remember to relax and have a great time!