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Tips to keep your home safe while you're away

Posted at 5:28 AM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 18:13:55-04

If you're planning on getting away for a few days, look out because clever crooks are keeping their eyes out to see what they can get from your home.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your space. 

RE/MAX Realtor Christine Espinoza suggests adding outdoor security cameras. They can be a big peace of mind. Some can be found online for less than $100 -- and that'll be much less than what you'll pay filing an insurance claim and replacing what's gone. 

See if there are any local vacation watch programs in your neighborhood offered by your HOA. Sometimes, neighbors will help each other out by switching off home watching. 

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But if you're new to the area and don't have that network yet, Espinoza suggests hiring a home concierge -- someone who is vetted and hired by companies to check on your home for you. 

Try joining the Nextdoor website. You can stay updated with what's going in the neighborhood. There's also a camera you can buy that you set up to see who's at your doorstep, called Ring. It's connected to your phone and you'll get an alert if someone is lingering by your doorbell.

If you're traveling during the monsoon, leaving your home unattended could let Mother Nature leave a mess.

One easy thing is to check around for standing water before you go. Monsoon storms can create impressive lightning displays, but what happens if you get a power surge through your home? It's better to unplug all the appliances and electronics before you go.

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Check to see all of your ceiling and bathroom fans are off.

Raise the thermostat temperature. You really only need your fridge and freezer items to stay cool, and close those blinds to keep the summer heat out.

One more tip Espinoza adds is to turn off your main water valve. You only have to leave the one on that helps with lawn maintenance. It'll save you some money, too.