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4 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away

By Guest Author Greg Davidson, Licensed Mortgage Originator

When traveling, you want to enjoy yourself and not worry about the security of your home. In order to alleviate worry, there are some simple things you can do to safeguard your house. One of the best and most reassuring ideas is to ask a trusted neighbor to watch over your home while you are away. However, there are also ways to make it look like someone is home to discourage intruders.

Don’t Let Flyers & Newspapers Pile Up by Your Door
By leaving newspapers, packages, or other mail at your home, potential thieves will assume that you are not there. If you are heading out of town, ask a neighbor to collect these items for you on a daily basis or you can go online to put mail or newspaper delivery on hold for the dates you are out of town. To hold delivery of your mail, click here.

Use Light Timers
Use timers for indoor and outdoor lights to create the illusion that someone is home. Additionally, outdoor lights with motion sensors can help deter intruders. Programmable timers make this an easy task to cross off the list before vacation!

Keep Landscaping Neat
If the leaves have piled too high or unplowed snow, people may wonder if you are away on vacation. Have a neighbor watch your home for any snow, leaves, or other debris that may collect on your sidewalks or driveway. If snow is collecting daily, have them walk around your property to create footprints.

Remotely-Accessed Home Security Systems
Many homes today have ‘smart home’ features or systems that can be accessed remotely. By connecting your security system to your smartphone or tablet, you can ensure that your home is safe.

The safety and security of your home is always an important part of heading out of town. I hope that these tips will be helpful! If you are thinking about your vacation plans and curious about whether or not this would be a good time to refinance, call me today at (703) 929-5255 to set up an appointment to talk. I look forward to making it easy for you.

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