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Feeling Safe About Your House While Luxury Traveling

Feeling Safe About Your House While Luxury Traveling

LIFESTYLE, TECH, TRAVEL

As an avid traveler, there is nothing better than being able to drop everything at a moment’s notice and set off for a weekend getaway at the lake house or an extended stay overseas. Still, there is a lot of planning that goes into trips, whether you’re flying by the seat of your pants or planning months in advance.

 

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From packing lists to accommodation reservations, a lot of thought can be devoted to making sure your getaway is full of the luxury and relaxation. But there are many things to think about before leaving your home, as well. When you’re gone, the last thing you want to do is worry about the safety and well-being of your home. That’s why, at Modernize, they suggest that all regular travelers invest in the following smart home technology for their homes.

 

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Manage Your Lighting from Afar

A commonly adopted practice for regular travellers is automating their lighting on a schedule. Many believe this gives the appearance that someone is home, simply because they have their lights turned on in the evening for a few hours and then off at their typical bedtime. While automated lights have been around for some time, it is only just recently that homeowners have been enabled to manage them from their smartphones. Now, with the use of an Internet-enabled device, you can turn your lights on and off or simply set them on autopilot so you don’t have to think about them while you are away.

 

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Use Smart Sensors to Protect Your Home From Unexpected Disaster

When the topic of home safety comes up, your first thought may be protecting your home from invasion. While this is certainly a concern for travellers, there are other unexpected disasters to prepare for while you are away. For instance, what if one of your appliances were to break while you were away? If a freezer or refrigerator breaks, you could lose food. If your heating and cooling system were to malfunction, would the dramatic temperatures outdoors being dangerous to items in your home? If a water leak were to occur, serious damage could be done to your home. There are many smart sensors on the market specifically targeted at potential disasters that could go wrong while you are away. Some will alert you to water leaks, while others will alert you if the temperature in your home changes.

 

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Protect Your Home From Unwanted Visitors with a Smart Security System

Perhaps the most obvious way to protect your home is through the use of a home security system. Due to advances in technology, home security systems have moved beyond simply alerting you and the police if someone enters your home while you are away. Now, you can invest in smart locks and garage doors that allow you to control your entryways in your home from your smartphone or any other Internet-capable device. You can also have security cameras installed in your home, which can also be easily controlled from an app installed on your phone.

 

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When you travel, the most important thing is that you are able to relax and enjoy yourself while you are away. Without the technology needed to secure and protect your home, it is impossible to feel at peace about being away. Adding home automation technology to your home gives you that peace of mind, and the carefree luxury travel you desire.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

30 Comments

  1. noel
    June 18, 2016 at 1:35 am
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    I typically rely on friends to check or house sit my property while I’m gone. Need to start thinking more in terms of automating everything and being able to track from a distance.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      We just recently automated our house and I love being able to see when someone rings my doorbell for afar.

  2. Francesca @onegrloneworld
    June 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    This is really useful advice, I’m going to pin this so more people can see it! Having an app that controls the lights in your place is a genius idea! I have a bluetooth activated light bulb sitting in a corner somewhere that I haven’t touched yet, I’m going to try this out!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      These apps can do everything around the house, even open/close your garage door.

  3. mark wyld
    June 18, 2016 at 8:07 pm
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    Home security is very important to us all when travelling. Holidays are great and an escape from or day to day lives but sooner or later we need to return home. Hopefully to a house that has not been robbed. great read and tips

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      We updated this year and installed cameras throughout the property. I can sign in anywhere and see what’s going on in and around the house outside. It really makes me feel safer when I’m traveling too.

  4. Lara Dunning
    June 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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    It is truly amazing how far technology has come and continues to improve our lives. Such a useful post.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Technology especially for homes has improved dramatically in the last few years. I’m excited to see what else they come up with.

  5. Anna Faustino
    June 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm
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    Wow!! Technology is really changing how we live! Great writeup on this new home security feature.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Anna! I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. 🙂

  6. Vicki Louise
    June 18, 2016 at 10:41 pm
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    Great tips – we’re just about the head off on a 3 month trip so these ideas have come at just the right time!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      You might want to look into automating your lights. It’s important for people to think your home when your not.

  7. Long Nguyen
    June 19, 2016 at 12:02 am
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    It seems that we should have a full investment of new system to get all connected and smart home equipments. could you please write one more article about your choice of equipments, and of system. We love to know the cost too 😉

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      I’ll definitely do a follow-up article on what types of equipments are best. It all started with the Ring doorbell. I had foot surgery recently and wasn’t able to get up and answer the door everything I got a package, or someone was at the door. When someone rings your doorbell the app notices you on your phone. You can see who’s at your door and even answer it from anywhere. The system cost around $200 and it’s worth every penny.

  8. Darlene
    June 19, 2016 at 7:32 am
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    Wow! This is so awesome! Amazing what technology can now do for us. This could really come in handy for everyone who’s always traveling. Home security is really important!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      I like knowing that my house looks lived in even though we might not be home all the time. Smart home technology has allows us to have more peace of mind when we travel now.

  9. Carly Moore
    June 19, 2016 at 9:11 am
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    I too usually have friends either stay at home or check the house. But I like the idea of being able to switch lights on to make it seem like someone is at home.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I’ve had many of our friends housesit for us since we have two small dogs. When they are at work all day, it’s nice to know that the live still looks like someone is home.

  10. Rob
    June 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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    Very interesting take on home security. I know many insurance companies require someone to physically check the premises every few days for insurance to be valid, do you know if this is a substitute that the insurance companies approve of? Or would you still need someone to come and check on your home?
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      I don’t see a security guard checking in on my house on a regular basis here unless I lived in a gated community. Most homeowner insurance policies here in the U.S. give you credit for having an alarm system, and in my case hurricane impact glass windows that are hard to break into.

  11. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    June 20, 2016 at 5:42 am
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    Managing your lighting from a distance is such a great idea and well worth doing for the peace of mind
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      My neighbors have a smart house and were just recently in Israel and were able to unlock his front door using his smartphone from Israel to let someone in. It’s amazing the things that you can do with this technology.

  12. LeAnna Brown
    June 20, 2016 at 5:44 am
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    The timed lights are a classic. I think that is a good and reasonably affordable way to help give the allusion that someone is home. But I love all the techy options out there now, too! Makes it a lot easier!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      I can’t live without home automation now. I can control my audio, lighting, cameras, and practically everything in our home with a single button on my phone.

  13. Danielle Des
    June 20, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    I love the idea of automating the light on with an app. The last thing you want to do on vacation is worry about, did I turn the light on. I think this company will be really successful.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Most of the time when we travel, I’m always thinking whether I left the front lights on or if I turn something off in the house. My life has gotten easier now that I can check with a click of a button.

  14. anto
    June 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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    Ahh yes this is always a bit of a thing when traveling. We have very good neighbors who check regularly and basically we have nothing of value, which totally shows from the outside…
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      That’s great that your neighbors keep an eye on your house when you travel. It certainly gives you peace of mind when you travel.

  15. Priya
    June 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    What a great app.. managing you lights and other features of your house remotely!! Technology is wonderful, thanks for sharing this neat app.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Technology has improved so much over the last few years. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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