Leaving town? Here’s how to prep your home

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If you’re planning to travel this summer, you’re in good company. Eighty-two percent of adults in the United States – that’s more than 212 million people – are planning on doing the same, according to The Vacationer’s summer travel and trends survey. As you pack your bags, it’s also important to prepare your home for your absence. While catching some summer sun, you can help protect your home and possessions using these tools and strategies:

1. Leverage technology: The latest technology can streamline your home security and keep you informed of what’s going on at home. Philips Hue, known for its premium smart lighting, has recently integrated smart home security into its suite of smart home technology with the introduction of Philips Hue Secure. The brand’s all-new Secure cameras keep watch on your home at all times. Featuring a crisp and clear 1080p HD livestream, night vision, and a speaker for two-way talk and sound alarms, these cameras are your eyes and ears when you’re not there. Plus, the system’s sensors send you an alert and trigger lights as soon as someone opens a window, door, cabinet or safe. With alerts sent straight to your phone, and the ability to manage your system easily from your mobile device using the app, including triggering light or sound alarms, you’ll have smart home security in the palm of your hand.

2. Manage lighting: Speaking of smart home lighting, this technology can help give the impression that your home is occupied, helping deter would-be intruders from even stepping onto your property. Use a smart home lighting system to strategically manage settings from your device while you’re away.

3. Hold your mail: Depending on the length of your trip, it may be a good idea to contact the U.S. Postal Service and request that they hold your mail while you’re gone. Likewise, if you subscribe to any newspapers, the last thing you’ll want is a growing stack of dailies on your front driveway or lawn advertising your absence. Contact publications and ask them to hold delivery until you return.

4. Enlist a neighbor: Pair tech surveillance with a good old fashioned neighborhood watch. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on things and to be in touch if they notice any suspicious activity.

5. Tidy up: While not related to home security, a few additional measures can help ensure your comfort when your vacation ends. Be sure to take out the trash and recycling as close to your departure as you can in order to avoid unpleasant odors in the summer heat. Tidy up. Sweep, do the dishes and wipe down surfaces so you can return to clean spaces. And as you approach your house upon your return, use your HVAC app to restore temperatures to their standard settings.

By making a few key preparations, you can get the peace of mind needed to enjoy your summer vacation to the fullest.