When you travel frequently, it’s hard not to worry about what’s happening at home while you’re on the road. No one wants to be pre-occupied with the safety of their house or their belongings while they should be focused on business meetings or enjoying vacation. From increasing safety to providing convenience, here are nine tools and services that will make it easier for you to be gone.
One of the top ways to prevent problems when you’re on the road is one of the most obvious—an alarm system. Professional, remotely monitored alarm systems are an effective tool for deterring theft. These systems monitor all entrances to the home and notify law enforcement if there’s a break in. While they don’t deter all thefts, alarm systems do a great job of minimizing the overall risk. These services also monitor for fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other safety hazards.
Remote monitoring takes home protection to the next level. Devices like the Nest Cam allow homeowners to check in on their house via an app from anywhere in the world. Movement and activities are tracked for up to 30 days, so there’s a record if it’s needed. Remote monitoring not only gives you peace of mind about your home’s security whenever you need it, but it is a good way to monitor a house sitter, family members or pets inside the house.
Video doorbells are one of the newest tools to help people who are concerned about their homes when they’re away. These devices alert you when there is someone at your front door. Through an app, you’re notified of the visitor and can even respond to them as if you are in the house. You can also record unexpected visitors to your home for added security.
Parcel Drop Box
You can’t always predict when items you’ve ordered will arrive. Nor can you always control your travel schedule. A parcel drop box, like one of these, is a great solution to having the latest online order left at your front door for several days. FedEx, DHL and other delivery services can deliver the package, which is then stored securely until you get home. That way you don’t signal to others that you’re not home and there’s no risk of your new purchase being stolen.
Safe Deposit Box
If a thief should get into your home, don’t make it easy for them to find and take precious items. Secure jewelry, important documents and other valuables in a safe. For even more security, consider using a safety deposit box at a nearby bank.
Lawn and Garden Watering
For travelers who try to maintain a nice garden at home, keeping things well-watered usually requires the help of a neighbor or a pricey lawn service. But now there are gadgets to help. The RainMachine perfectly waters your garden while you are away. By coordinating with NOAA weather satellites, it can adjust watering based on the actual weather. If it’s supposed to rain the next day, the RainMachine will skip watering. A smart app allows homeowners to check in from anywhere in the world and make adjustments.
The key to home safety is making the house look lived in during the duration of a trip. Using electrical timers on lights will give the appearance of a lived-in house as lights go on and off during the course of the day. For best results, use several timers in different rooms.
Automated pet food and water systems are very effective in delivering pre-measured dry pet food and water to pets. These solutions generally work well for short periods of time like an overnight stay or a weekend getaway.
There’s no replacement for having someone in your home that you trust. A house sitter can feed and interact with pets, water plants, bring in the mail and give your home that lived-in appearance. If you don’t have a friend or family member to stay at your house, websites like Trusted House Sitters can help with the evaluation and vetting process of a sitter.
Taking a few simple precautions will give you peace of mind while you’re away from home.