You’ve got enough to worry about when traveling for work. Simplify your life with these tips before packing up and heading out.
Is Your Home Secure?
You might think so, but there’s a good chance that you’re wrong.
According to data reported by The Federal Bureau of Investigation, there is a break-in every 15 seconds in the United States.
And the FBI says that the average dollar loss per break-in is $2,185, a cost that exceeds the price of a home security system.
While you’re away from your home on business, keep a watchful eye on your home and your assets with a high-definition home security system. Lorex Technology, a leader in the security monitoring industry, offers dozens of types of home and business security systems to protect and monitor what matters most. Most systems, such as Digital IP and analog MPX systems, even allow you to check in on your home via your tablet or smartphone, anywhere you might be, as long as you have a secure connection.
Are You Expecting?
Organize and schedule your home deliveries for a time that is convenient for you—after all, you don’t want your packages to be piling up at your front door. If you’re expecting a shipment, contact your local delivery service.
For example, UPS offers My Choice, a delivery scheduling option that lets you choose a time that is convenient for your schedule. Simply sign up and set your preferences, check your smartphone for delivery alerts and manage to reroute or reschedule shipments online. Not only is the UPS service convenient, especially for the business traveler, but it's also completely free.
The United States Postal Service also offers a similar service. If USPS attempts to deliver while you’re away from home, your package goes back to the nearest facility. However, you can hop online and schedule a re-delivery time that works for you. It’s easy, and like the UPS option, it’s totally free.
Did You Leave the Heater On?
Forget about worrying about your home’s heating and cooling while you’re on the road. Worry about catching your next flight instead. New smart home technology, like Nest, for example, simplifies heating and cooling, all while saving energy and time wasted on stress.
The programmable smart thermostat can be controlled directly from a smartphone or tablet. So, if you were rushing out the door and forgot to turn off your thermostat, you can, with the swipe of a finger, anywhere and anytime.
The Nest thermostat can also help you keep an eye on your home. For example, you’ll receive an alert on your smartphone if your temperatures are too low, which can trigger a pipe burst, or if your home’s furnace is acting up, you’ll get an alert, too. This way you can send someone, like your close neighbors or relatives, over right away to check in on your home to see if there are any serious problems.
Does Your Home Need Some Cleaning?
Traveling for work doesn’t leave much time for routine chores like vacuuming. Thankfully, there’s technology around that can do the job for you, like the iRobot Roomba.
The self-charging vacuum operates on a schedule that’s controlled by you, and you can rest assured that your Roomba will be working while you’re away. This way, you can come home to a clean, dust-free, home when you return from your business trip.