Summer means people spend more time traveling. But what are some things you should do to keep your most valuable possessions safe while you’re away? Below are four key safety measures you must take before you leave home:
1. – Make the house look like someone is home.
There are easy ways to accomplish this without breaking the bank. The most cost effective way is to simply ask a friend or neighbor to check on things and show activity around the property. Turn the lights off and on, have cars coming and going etc. You can also purchase timers for your lights or smart home technology that allow you to adjust your lighting from anywhere using an app on your cell phone or computer. You’ll also want to stop your mail, keep your lawn mowed, and avoid any other visible sign that shows a lack of activity in your home. For example, leaving porch lights on all week, or having Amazon boxes pile up on your doorstep.
2. – Make sure that you always have deterrents to potential burglars.
3. – Be sure to unplug and turn off any appliance or electronics before leaving for vacation, to limit the risk of fire while you’re away.
4. – Just in case something does go wrong while you are away it’s important to have an In Case Of Emergency person assigned, someone who can go to the home if the alarm goes off or there is a fire.
Someone who can unlock the door, and help you get in touch with law enforcement or a first responder if needed. We often overlook this one, but what happens if that alarm sounds in the wee hours of the night and you’re across the country? Do you have someone who can check to see if the alarm is legitimate? Someone who can alert the authorities if it’s more than a false alarm?
At Dorn Real Estate, we love helping buyers find their dream homes in and around Knoxville, and know how much time, energy and expense goes into making that house a home. It’s important we protect that investment and ensure our family and belongings are safe, especially during vacation season.
Want more information about home safety? We’d love to chat! Call us today.