by Benjamin Ard on Dec 13, 2013

The last thing you want your home to become while you are away is a flashback to Home Alone. As humorous as it is portrayed in the film, it is a real danger to families spending time away from home for the holidays. Here are a few tips that you can use to protect your home while you are gone.


The best trick is to make it look like someone is home by having someone actually go to your home. Give a trusted friend or neighbor a key to your house to come over and take care of the house while you are gone. Have them check the mail and bring in the newspaper from driveway so people do not get the impression that you are away.


Have them occasionally turn on any appliances inside the house such as lights, stereos, or televisions. They can even turn on any outdoor Christmas lights and decorations that you might have hanging. If you can’t get a trusted friend to do it, set these appliances on timers to go off randomly.


Arrange for your yard to be taken care of while you are away. Either have your driveway shoveled for snow or your lawn mowed. An overgrown or not-taken-care-of front lawn is a dead giveaway that no one is home, especially during the holidays when people typically travel.

Don’t be afraid to travel away from home this holiday season, but be sure that you take all necessary precautions before you leave. 

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