Great advice to give you peace of mind while you are away on vacation.
Your Vacation Checklist for Home Security
Your home is your greatest investment, and you’ve spent a lifetime acquiring your possessions. Don’t let inadequate vacation planning result in disaster. If you think ahead, you can ensure your family a perfect return home - with everything just the way you left it.
Stop the Mail - Having the mail stopped is one of the most important tasks on a vacation checklist. Mail can be stolen, and even if it is never touched by a would-be mail thief it can pile up within just a few days. A mailbox overflowing with mail, junk or otherwise, is a sure sign that no one is home, and it is an invitation to have the home robbed or the mail stolen. Have it stopped days before leaving to insure it is no long delivered to the home and available for delivery or pickup upon return.
Stop the Newspaper - Piles of unread newspapers are also a sure sign that no one is home. Have papers stopped days before departure will help ensure that unwanted newspapers will not remain on the porch. Better still, the newspaper bill will be credited or the subscription can be extended to reflect the undelivered issues.
Set up Several Timers for Lighting - Most people set up a single timer to make it look as if they are home before leaving for vacation, but a single timer is not enough to fool would-be burglars. Set up at least two timers, one in a main room of the home that can be easily seen from the street, and another timer in a room toward the back of the house. Set the timers to go off and come on at varying times after dark, to give the impression that you are home while you are on vacation.
Close the Curtains/Shutters - It’s important to close curtains, blinds, and shutters before leaving for vacation. Otherwise, anyone intent on vandalizing or burglarizing your home will be able to look inside and see that no one is home.
Set the Phone - Make sure your phone has an answering machine on it that picks up in 2-3 rings. Don’t announce your absence on the message. Turn the ringer down so anyone lurking around won’t be alerted to your absence by a constantly ringing phone.
Inform a Neighbor - Let a neighbor know you’re going on vacation. Ask them to keep an eye on your house and put your garbage cans out on trash pickup days, etc. Make sure they have a key and know where to contact you in case of emergency. If your neighborhood has a Neighborhood Watch program let them know your vacation plans.
Using these vacation safety tips will ensure that you return to a safe and happy home . . . And if you find yourself wishing you had a different home to return to, give me a call. I can help you purchase the home you’ll never want to leave!
Doug Durren and Gloria Todor, Realtors®, SRES®, SFR®
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