Tips for Leaving Your Home Unoccupied Whilst You’re Away

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If your next holiday is all booked and the excitement is brewing, it’s important to take the right steps now to guarantee that your home will be left at a high standard before you set off. We’ve come up with a checklist so that you can truly relax and not have any worries about your home whilst you’re away.


Leave your curtains open. Closed curtains are a complete giveaway that your house in not being lived in.

Use lamps that are on a timer, but make sure that the lamp can not be viewed from a window.

Make sure that your mail is not on display, ask a neighbour to collect any visible mail or ask your post office to keep your mail until you return, they will keep your mail for up to 2 months.

Remove any spare keys that may be hidden around your property’s grounds. If you give a key to your neighbour make sure you don’t have your name and address written on it.

Only tell close friends and family and definitely don’t post about your trip on social media, essentially telling people that your home will be completely empty.

Have a radio set to turn on at certain times of the day so it sounds like people are in your house.

Keep the outside area well kept before leaving and possibly ask for someone to cut your grass if you’re away for a longer period of time.

Check all door and window locks before leaving, think about installing more secure ones.

Install a burglar alarm.

Set up outside security lighting which turns on when movement is sensed.

Keep ladders and tools out of sight and locked up in a shed.

Make sure valuables can’t be viewed through a window.

Lock up any valuables or important documents in a safe place.

Have a trusted person keep an eye on and regularly check your home.


During the winter, pipes can freeze over if no water or heating is being used, here are a few things to consider:

Let your heating come on for about an hour a day at 12C-15C at least.

If you’re going away for a long time, you could switch off the water completely and drain the system so that there is no water to freeze.

Make sure that the air can circulate through your entire home, leave doors open, including cupboard doors and the attic.


Clear out and clean your fridge and cupboards.

Hoover, dust and clean your whole house ensuring that nothing edible is left to attract rodents.

Clean outdoor drainage systems making sure there are no blockages which could cause floods whilst you’re away


Remember, if you’re leaving your home for longer than 30 days, your standard home insurance policy probably won’t cover any damages that happen to your property. So it’s worth checking this before you set off and looking into unoccupied property insurance if you are not already covered. Visit for more information about unoccupied home insurance.