Tickets, passport, suncream… (part 1)
“We’re all going on a summer holiday, no more worries”… Well for some, if not many, leaving their home for a prolonged period of time can be stressful and worrying; though there are ways to eliminate said angst and make the most of your time away.
So what can we all do to make sure that we feel at ease when we're away, here are a few ideas that will allow your time away be what it should be, relaxing and recharging.
Lets start outside.
Bins & Recycling - make sure that they are in a position to be picked up by the collectors, or take anything that is in them to the local recycling centre. Leaving them full, could possibly entice uninvited visitors to your property who may stay, creating another problem; more over if you're selling or renting your property, said uninvited furry critters could redecorate your front garden and make it unsightly for those who are looking for a property in your area. Ask a neighbour or friend to pop your bins in an allocated location at your property the day that your refuse is collected, again to make your property look at its best.
Lawns & Borders - before you leave, weed and cut back your shrubs & herbaceous borders, feed & weed the lawn and make sure that any drives/paths are cleaned and looking as you would like to see them. Depending upon your length of vacation/holiday, perhaps book in advance a gardener to keep the grass down and a neighbour who can water for you when you are away.
Lights & Security - we all love PIR (passive infrared sensor) lights, you know the ones that the neighbours cat triggers at 2am and wakes the household… well because we love them, burglars hate them, as they do exactly what they should. If you have them, make sure they all have bulbs in and are working, also adjust the timing to be a little longer than you would usually have it set at, alerting the neighbours that as you're away, to keep a vigilant eye out, just in case. If you’ve not any at your property, pop down to your local hardware store and have a few fitted, they really are hugely important in your absence, and upon your return. They are also useful as the nights draw in for garden bbq’s and general outside entertaining. A local electrician will be happy to fit them for you.
Cars - vehicles moving around your driveway is a great way of making the house look occupied. If you have your car with you, then pop any secondary car/s in the garage or on a neighbours drive and ask that they park in your space/driveway, creating movement and non static entities. This will make anyone thinking of watching your house, certainly think twice as they will be unable to second guess who is in or out. Also get your friends/neighbours to frequently pop into your property, using garden gates, the garage or the front door - again this will create an air of being lived in or certainly looked after, therefore a bad target for the rouges amongst society.
In Part 2 we take a look at what you can do inside to take the pressure off you - remember, asking a neighbour or friend also takes the heat off them, as they will ask the same of you when they go away. It’s also a great reason to get together upon your return for a catch up.