by Housesimple on 23rd November 2017
From passports and boarding passes to learning 'please' and 'thank you' in a whole new language, our holiday checklists are normally a little on the long side. And that's even before we start wondering if we've left the back door open.
Thankfully, the property technology industry is ready to make travel anxiety a thing of the past. The sector is positively booming with new ways to keep an eye on your home while you're away – so you can get back to the important task of lazing on the beach.
A Wi-Fi connected smart lock can be opened, closed and monitored from anywhere. With geofencing you can set them up to bolt automatically behind you, while the tamper alarms warn you if someone tries to break in. You can generate access codes for friends and family, rather than getting keys cut, and you'll even be notified in real time when they're coming and going – so you'll know if your neighbour kept their promise to water your house plants.
Smart sockets let you control your home's power switches from an app. Obviously it would be impractical (and expensive) to have one in every socket, so use them on devices you often worry about having left on, like hair straighteners. You can use them in the same way as timers too. Flick your lights on in the evening to discourage prowlers or switch on the kettle when you're five minutes from home – just in time for a post-travel cuppa.
We couldn't talk about keeping an eye on your property without mentioning home monitoring cameras. They sit on a stand, so they're easier to install than hard-wired systems and have companion apps so you can watch a live stream from your smartphone wherever you are in the world. You can share the stream with others too, if you'd rather have a digital detox. When the camera senses motion, it instantly notifies you so you can check whether it's a burglar (or just your plant-watering neighbour).
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