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Video:How to Secure Your Home Before a Vacation

with Jonathon E. Stewart

One of the most important things that will set your mind at ease while you're on vacation is knowing that your home is safe and secure. Find out how to lock it down before you leave town, and you'll be relaxing without worry in no time.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Secure Your Home Before a Vacation

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip. Going on vacation is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for many families, but coming home to a disaster is a sure way to quickly subdue all the fun memories you just created. Take just a few precautions before you head out the door, and the chances of your happy homecoming will be high. Check it out.

Find a House Sitter

Probably the number one, best way to look out for your home's safety while you're away, is to appoint a full-time house sitter. If you can wrangle a trusted family member or close friend to actually stay in your home, it won't just look lived in, it will be lived in.

But, sure. If your sister looks out for your house while you're away, then her cousin has to look after her apartment while she's looking after your house, and then your sister's cousin's mom has to watch over his pad while he's sitting for your sister... Eventually, you've got to throw a homeless person into the mix, which can be a little risky.

Don't Let Mail Build Up

If you're going to be away for more than a couple days, call up your newspaper and trot down to the post office and have delivery suspended. Consider putting your lights on timers, or investing in outdoor motion detectors which can give the illusion of someone being up inside.

Secure Your Home

Security systems are invaluable but can also be expensive - some of the most affordable advice is to simply check and double check that all locks are bolted and all windows are shut, on every floor of your house, and to keep any valuables out of plain view.

Don't Advertise Your Absence

In any event, it's definitely a good idea to give your contact info to a neighbor, and to let them know how long you'll be away and to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Beyond that, don't publicize the fact you'll be out of town on your voicemail, or in your Grand Theft Auto gamer group. Not that video games influence real life behavior, or anything like that...

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