it’s in summer or winter, most families endeavor to take a vacation
at least once each year. Do you worry that about your home when you
are gone? When you leave your home unprotected, you also leave your
valuables and memories at home alone as well. There are ten simple
things that you can do to protect your home when you are away.
tell anyone that you are leaving except immediate family and very
close friends. Try not to mention your departure around the office
or at the ballpark or at the gym. A passerby or someone listening in
might be someone who would take advantage of you while you are gone.
newspaper services. Call your newspaper office one month in advance
and ask that your subscription be stopped while you are gone.
Newspapers piled in your driveway or steps might alert a would-be
thief that no one is in residence. If you call far enough in
advance, you might even be able to obtain a discount on your normal
the postal carrier to hold the mail until you return. Just like with
newspapers, mail protruding from the mailbox could alert a thief
that you are out of town. If you forget the ask the postal carrier
in advance, ask a neighbor to pick up the mail and to save it until
4. Ask a
neighbor to watch out for any visitors who might be in your yard. Be
sure to leave a contact phone number so that the neighbor can reach
you or someone that you trust in the event of a problem.
the doors using dead bolts and regular locks. Many people say that
locks can only keep out honest people but you want to make it as
hard as possible for someone to enter your home without your
all the windows. If a thief can’t get into your home through the
door, he will probably try the window. Secure your windows both
upstairs and downstairs.
Install a timer so that a lamp or television will come on when it
becomes dark outside. Timers are fairly inexpensive to purchase and
will provide added security for your home. To operate, you simply
plug them into the wall outlet and then plug the lamp into the
timer. Set the timer so that the lamp comes on around dark and turns
off at an appropriate time.
valuables to a safety deposit box before you leave. When in doubt,
take precautions. Move expensive jewelry and other small items to
your safety deposit box. If it can’t be replaced because of
sentimental value, don’t take any chances.
someone come by to cut the grass. If you are going to be gone for
more than a week, you may need someone to come by and maintain your
yard. Tall grass is a sure sign that no one has been home for a
while. Find a neighborhood child who would be willing to earn some
extra cash or call in a favor of someone else you know.
all storage sheds, garages, and barns. If someone can’t enter your
home, they might still be interested in the goods that abide in your
garage. Lock them up and take the key with you rather than hiding it
We make your home looked lived in by:
bringing in your mail, flyers, and newspapers
turning lights on and off and rotating them
opening and closing window coverings
watering your plants
checking doors and windows to ensure they are locked
making sure that your snow removal company has cleared your
garbage/recycle day services
checking furnace, A/C, appliances,
basement and any other tasks as required to maintain a
home's occupied appearance.
peace of mind while you are away.