Vacation is right around the corner and while your mind is already on the beach, putting your feet up, and taking that much-deserved break, below are some helpful tips on what you should do to keep your home safe and secure while you’re off having fun.
Lock it Up
Make sure your doors and windows are locked properly, but also that they are in good shape and not easily broken.
Hide and Seek
Close the blinds and shades just enough so no one can peek in and see that new flat-screen.
A Helping Hand
Have a friend or neighbor collect your mail, newspaper, and even check in on your house from time to time.
Sound the Alarm
If you have an alarm system, set it. You’d be surprised how much the simple presence of an alarm system keeps burglars at bay.
Unplug your electronics–and power strips–to prevent shortages or electrical fires while you’re away.
Clean and Green
Take care of routine lawn maintenance before you leave–nothing says “no one’s home” like an unkempt lawn.
Silence is Golden
Think twice before you announce on Facebook that you’re headed out of town. You may be tempted to post or tweet your plans, but it’s a safer bet to share the details of your amazing trip after you get back.
Wherever you are headed, safe travels, and as always, happy house hunting! For more helpful information and new home news, click here to subscribe to our blog feed.