Anyone who has seen Home Alone knows why it’s natural to worry about your house when you leave on vacation.
Whether visiting family overnight during the holidays or heading to Paris on vacation, ensuring your property is secure while you’re away is a high priority. You can invest in an expensive security system or make simple changes to relieve some of those worries.
Patten Title understands your need for peace of mind while on vacation. Whether it’s avoiding thieves or making sure inclement weather outside doesn’t compromise your home inside, we’ve compiled this checklist to help you handle the hassle of locking up while you’re away.
It’s vital to note that some insurance companies give a significant rate break to property owners with an electronic security system. So your investment could save you money and worry.
High-tech home security systems include the Ring Video Doorbell or the SkyBell Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, and the cost varies depending on how extensive you’d like your security to be.
The Ring system costs $99.99 to $399.99 and connects to your existing doorbell. A ringing doorbell triggers an alert to an app on your smartphone. Whether you’re home or away, you can communicate with the person at your door. Most Ring devices also have night vision and a monitor with a speaker.
The SkyBell has similar features and detects motion outside your door. It also allows you to answer a door and talk to visitors using your smart device.
If you have an existing alarm company, like ADT or AT&T, talk to your representative about upgrades for cameras inside and outside of your home. These programs often include features to automatically alert first responders in case of a fire.
Other systems to consider include Alarm.com and iSentry, which offer similar services and can use existing equipment, like your computer’s webcam.
When you choose your alarm company, find out if there are special procedures you need to follow while you’re on vacation. For instance, you may be able to program specifications into your system to alert you if there are drastic temperature changes or if you can adjust your home’s lighting using your smartphone.
Kevin McCallister briefly fooled the Wet Bandits by using his mom’s sewing mannequins and a cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan to pretend there was activity in his Home Alone house. However, you don’t need to fake a house party to show movement in your home.