If travelling is in the cards, make sure you secure your home before packing or printing your plane tickets. Peace of mind while on the road is worth a lot — so is not having to file an insurance claim.
Put a hold on all your mail, newspaper subscriptions and any other deliveries until you’re back home. An over-stuffed mail slot or the sight of packages leaning up against the front door is like a welcome mat for burglars.
If you’re travelling for more than a week, book a gardening company to cut the lawn, trim hedges, and clean debris. If it’s in the winter, arrange for snow and ice removal. Manicured outdoor spaces give the appearance of someone being home.