When preparing for a trip, we often have a list of items needed to guarantee a successful get away We make sure we’ve confirmed our reservations; have the necessary identifications, and packed all the necessities.
But do you prepare your house for the time that you’ll be gone? Here are some actions to consider.
Make it appear that someone is around. Use timers or an app on a few lights throughout the house, scheduling them to turn off and on at various times after dark. You can also ask a relative or single friend to house sit for a night or two.
Leave a car in the driveway or ask a neighbor to park at your house on occasion.
If you’re going to be gone for more than a week, make arrangements to have your lawn mowed. Either stop mail delivery or ask a neighbor to bring it in for you. If you still have a newspaper delivered, put it on hiatus. Don’t order anything online that will be delivered while you’re gone. Nothing says there’s no one around like newspapers and packages left outside for several days.
Be sure your property looks like you’re still there. Shades or blinds closed in every window; deck furniture, plants and outdoor decorations taken in could signal that something has changed.
Use extra caution when talking about your adventures. Don’t post photos until you’re back. You may trust your online friends, but can you trust theirs? With just a few likes or shares details about your plans could end up in the wrong hands.
The Cost of Waiting ‘Till Next Year
If you’re on the fence about what to do with your property, we can help you sort through your options. Please contact us via the comment section or at 508-568-8191. We look forward to meeting with you and explaining why this is a great time to make the move you’ve been dreaming of.
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