With temperatures here in Arizona being in the 110’s, vacation season is in full force. Unfortunately, when we leave town, our homes become prime targets for thieves. If your home is on the market, it is even more important to be diligent in securing it before you leave town. When your home is listed for sale a number of risk factors are added, more strangers have been in and out of you home, your home is being marketed on several outlets, and photos of your home and your belongings are all over the internet.
As you are preparing to leave, remember these tips:
1. Make it look like you are home.
Before you leave, arrange for your realtor, a neighbor or a friend to pick up newspapers, mail, and and packages. These are all indicators of a vacant home. Another major indicator no lights turning on or off. This sign a can easily be masked by setting timers for lights, lamps, and even your television to give the appearance that someone is watching the home.
2. Eliminate second story access.
Many times, we will forget to secure a window on the second floor, so it is especially important not to leave anything around that could give thieves access to those points of entry. Make sure all ladders and other tall objects are secured in your garage or shed before you leave.
3. Get a home security system.
If you already have a security system, make sure that it is working correctly and the decals are clearly displayed in your front yard and windows. If you don’t have one, ask your real estate agent for a referral. Many security systems now even give you the ability to see whats happening in your home in real time, turn lights on or off, and adjust the temperature.
4. Be careful with social media.
While you may want to show your friends and family how much fun you are having on your trip, keep in mind that they are not the only people that have access to the information that you post. We recommend waiting until you get home to post all of those fun pictures from your trip.