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How to protect your home before going on vacation

Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, you may be thinking of going away for a few weeks to another city or country but you're not sure how to keep your home secure and protected. In this article, we have included a series of tips that will prove very useful to every homeowner.

You should always make your home look as if it's lived in

During the summer months, the rate of home burglaries increases significantly. This is why it is important that you prevent this situation by protecting your home. It's not a good idea to switch off all the lights. You can use a timer to turn on the TV, lights, or open the blinds every now and again. If this isn't possible, you can always ask a trustworthy neighbour to keep an eye on your home.c

In any case, do not forget to close the gas valve and check that all the water taps are tightly closed. Meanwhile, it is also advisable, especially when you will be away for a long time, to empty the refrigerator in order to prevent food odours. Similarly, disconnect the phone line because if it rings constantly and nobody answers, it will be a clear sign that your house is empty.

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Do not leave any food in the kitchen or clothes on the terrace

If you leave any food debris on the kitchen floor or living room, don't be shocked to see insects roaming in your home upon your return from vacation. It is therefore advisable to conduct a thorough cleaning of all the rooms just before setting off on your holiday destination.

You might think that leaving your clothes hanging on the line can be a good indicator that there are people living in the house. However, if you are going on a long trip, your clothes will deteriorate because of the wind and the sun. It is always better to leave the blinds half-open and lock all the access doors.

Finally, the last tip we want to give you is to avoid posting on social networks about the fact that you're going on vacation. In many cases, strangers can access profiles and read all the posts, especially when your privacy setting is inadequate and open to public. To avoid this, don't post any holiday photos until you return home.

In short, these are some of our recommendations that will minimise the chances of burglary and your home appliances won't suffer from any damage either. Enjoy your well deserved vacation!

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