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Preparing Your Home For A Holiday

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There’s a holiday routine that we all run through:

1. Passport, check.
2. Have we packed everything we need? Check.
3. Are we checked into our flight? Check
4. Is our home holiday-ready? Che-...wait what?

Didn’t that used to mean going round the whole house turning off every single plug apart from the one that powered the fridge.

Preparing your home for holiday has taken on new meaning now we’re integrating smart home technology - and we don’t even have to remember to do it all before we have left. Here are some of the things you might want to do to get your home ready for a holiday:

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There’s no worse feeling than having post holiday blues and feeling the growing anxiety of returning home to a house that might’ve been broken into. Luckily now we can use our smart home security systems to create ‘Mockupancy’.

Mockupancy is the art of making it look like somebody is home everyday, even when they aren’t.


1. Create a daily light schedule

If you make your smart light bulbs to turn on in certain rooms for a couple of hours after it gets dark, you can easily make it look like somebody is in and deter any potential intruders. 

Smart lightbulbs

Lifx Mini White edison fitting smart lightbulb | Sparkwell Home
Lifx Mini White edison fitting smart lightbulb | Sparkwell Home
Lifx Mini White Bayonet fitting smart lightbulb | Sparkwell Home

Lifx Mini White

Smart Bulb |
£20.00
Lifx A60 smart lightbulb with a bayonet fitting | Sparkwell Home
Lifx A60 smart lightbulb with a bayonet fitting | Sparkwell Home
Lifx A60 - Sparkwell Home

Lifx A60

Smart Bulb |
£54.99
EnerJ Globe 95 - a warm filament lightbulb that can be voice controlled & has a screw based fitting | Sparkwell Home
EnerJ Globe 95 - a warm filament lightbulb that can be voice controlled & has a screw based fitting | Sparkwell Home

Ener-j Globe 95

Smart Bulb |
£21.00

2. Extend the length of time that your indoor and outdoor security cameras are recording for 

When you’re at home, it's very reasonable that you might not want to be recorded when you're walking round your house. But when you’re out and everything is left empty, it’s better to be safer and have all your bases covered.

Security Cameras

Ring Indoor Security Camera | Built to protect your family and home | Sparkwell Home, Home Security
Ring Indoor Security Camera | Built to protect your family and home | Sparkwell Home, Home Security
Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam - Sparkwell Home

Ring Indoor Cam

Home Security |
£49.00
Eufy Pan & Tilt Indoor Security Camera | Sparkwell Home, Home Security
Eufy Pan & Tilt Indoor Security Camera | Sparkwell Home, Home Security

Eufy Indoor Pan & Tilt

Home Security |
£44.99
Stick Up Cam Battery - Sparkwell Home
Stick Up Cam Battery - Sparkwell Home
Stick Up Cam Battery - Sparkwell Home

Stick Up Cam Battery

Home Security |
£138.00
Eufy Cam 2 | A duo of indoor security cameras for maximum placement and coverage around the house | Sparkwell Home, Home Security
Eufy Cam 2 | A duo of indoor security cameras for maximum placement and coverage around the house | Sparkwell Home, Home Security

EufyCam 2

Home Security |
£229.99
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3. Don’t leave your parcels outside for weeks 

Get notified through your video doorbell when the postman turns up. Speak to him through the two way video feed and strike up an arrangement for where he can leave them. 

4. Make the most of home sensors to watch over your homes heating & security 

If something goes badly wrong, you’d want to know about it.

5. Think about a smart door lock 

Sometimes you need to give somebody access to your home and a keyless smart lock is the most secure way to do that.

There are 5 quick, smart and easy solutions to prepare your home for your holiday.

The last thing you need to know is that smart homes are useful for forgetful people (and there’s always a lot on the mind in the last minute rush to the airport to leave).

Most smart home devices can be controlled remotely so if something has slipped your mind, like turning the heating off, or turning your usual, scheduled Monday-Friday morning coffee off then you can be reclining by the pool taking care of everything no matter where in the world you are.

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