Smart Vacation Planning For Your Home

Dated: 08/12/2018

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Vacation coming up? While you may monitor a security camera setup remotely, here’s some good advice to give you added peace of mind about your home while you’re away.

  • Make your home appear occupied. Schedule lights throughout the house to turn off and on at various times after dark using simple plug-in timers or a smartphone-controlled app.

  • Use extra caution when communicating about your vacation dates on Facebook and other social media. Information spreads quickly, and you don’t want it to get into the wrong hands.

  • Tell your close friends and trusted neighbors of your travel plans and let them know when you’re expecting to return. Make sure you can be reached in an emergency if necessary.

  • Have the post office hold your mail and suspend any newspaper and package deliveries, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you each day.

  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway on occasion so it looks like there’s someone at home.

  • Arrange to have someone mow the lawn in your absence if you’ll be gone for more than a week.

  • Close the window coverings in ground-level rooms so that would-be thieves aren’t tempted by valuables and other items visible from outside.

  • If possible, load your vacation gear into the car in the garage so that you’re not announcing to passersby that you’re on your way out of town.

  • Lock the garage, gates, and storage structures. Don’t forget to lock any side doors and doors leading into the house from the garage.

Now go ahead enjoy your time away!

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LaDawn Westbrook

With more than a decade of experience, LaDawn enjoys educating first time home buyers, working with the 55+ community, relocation clients, sellers who want to downsize, step up purchase or anything in....

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