Your home is likely your largest investment, and it’s important to take adequate precautions when it comes to protecting it during a vacation. Here are a few easy steps to protecting your property when you leave home for a few days or weeks.
Keeping up maintenance
Keeping up your daily home maintenance is especially important when it comes to making your home look lived in. This regular maintenance includes the usual bringing in the mail and newspaper, but also a few things you haven’t thought of – such as raking leaves and shovelling snow.
Hiring a landscaping company when you go on vacation can go a long way when it comes to keeping up activity around your home and making it look busy. Have someone trustworthy bring in your mail and newspaper, and make sure that your driveway and walkway are plowed in winter and your property is maintained while you’re away.
Locking your doors is obvious when it comes to home security, but sometimes we don’t lock all of our doors. For example, someone could easily pry open your front garage door and gain access to your home through the garage – unless that door is locked. In addition, doors that lead to basements and lower floors can all be locked to make entry to your home that much more difficult.
Being friendly with your neighbours – even the nosy ones – can work to your advantage when you go away on vacation. Let a couple of them know you’re going away and what to expect (such as the landscapers showing up every couple of days) so they’ll know to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, people or cars to help you actually relax on your vacation – and not spend so much time worrying about your home.
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