With the Easter holidays almost upon is, it’s a popular time of year for many of us making a getaway to warmer climes. In the UK alone up to two million people are likely to jet away over Easter, many of these timeshare owners.

For long-standing timeshare holiday owners who make frequent trips or those who may have recently acquired property on the timeshare resales market, it can be easy getting caught up in the excitement of packing and planning for the holiday, but spare some time to ensure your house is safe and protected while you are away. Coming home to unforeseen problems can put a dampener on a great holiday. Here are 10 top tips to keep your house safe while you’re away over Easter.

1. Ask a trustworthy neighbour to keep an eye on your property, or better still, ask friends or family to house sit while you are away.

2. Post left to pile up on the doormat is a tell-tail sign that the occupants of a home are on holiday. Get someone reliable to remove the mail from the mat, or arrange with the postal delivery service to keep your mail on hold until you get back. Cancel newspaper deliveries.

3. Make your home look lived in during your absence. Set light timers to come on and off during the darker hours, so it looks like someone is at home.

4. Before you jet off, make sure you have closed all windows and set the alarm on your property, if you have one. If you are a regular timeshare holidaymaker but don’t have an alarm, it could be one of your best investments for the protection of your home.

5. Don’t announce your holiday plans to all and sundry, especially on the internet such as social media sites. It pays to be cautious just in case this information falls into the wrong hands.

6. Before you go away, trim back any overhanging bushes or greenery so that your house is not overshadowed or hidden from view. This will make it a less tempting proposition for a burglar.

7. If you are away for an extended period of time, check to see if you will need to inform your buildings and contents insurer.

8. Turn the electrics off at home and disable the garage door, so it can not be opened with a universal remote control. Avoid leaving a portable GPS in your car if you park it at the airport, as it could be used by thieves to target your property.

9. Consider setting the thermostat on your boiler so that if the temperature plummets below a certain amount, the heating will kick in. It could stop pipes from freezing, which could potentially burst.

10. Before you go away, consider installing security lights to the front and rear of your home, so that they are activated when someone walks by your property.