Vacation Checklist

Real Estate

Vacation Proof your Home

As we approach the summer vacation season, you will want to remember to secure your home and belongings before you leave.  Below is a to-do list to get you ready!  Now you can relax and enjoy your time away!

l Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.

l Secure gates and sheds.

l Trim shrubbery.

l Don’t hide house keys outside.

l Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the driveway.

l Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.

l Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.

l Leave draperies open slightly on the upper floor.

l Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door.

l Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.

l Put valuables in a safe-deposit box.

l Inform your local police that you'll be away.

A lot of break-ins happen because of burglars' easy access to our plans....wait until you get home to post your vacation photos on social media.  Otherwise, you are giving them an open invitation to your home!