Secure the home when away
With the warmer weather and Australia Day coming up, it’s a popular time of year to pack up and ship out for a well-deserved break.
Here are five easy and cost-effective tips for securing your home, so you can rest easy and enjoy your break.
Timed lights and motion detectors
Light timers can be purchased easily and are a cost-effective addition to your household security, not just for when you’re on holidays.
Attach the timer to a lamp in a front room to avoid lighting up the whole house and to conserve energy.
Motion detectors can also be installed to your porch light to deter any unwanted guests and draw attention for your neighbourhood watch.
Tidy up the garden before you leave
If you want tick off any chores before you leave on holiday, make it this one. Unruly gardens can make a house appear vacant, especially if you are away for longer than a week or two.
Simple but effective tasks include:
Mowing the lawn.
Trimming back bushes that may obstruct your neighbour’s view from the house.
Cutting down branches that allow easy access for intruders.
Avoid leaving packaging for bigticket items outside, such as TVs, which advertise what’s inside your home.
Ask a friend or neighbour to pick up your mail
Full mailboxes are an obvious telltale sign that your house is vacant. Don’t forget to ask a friend or family member to collect your mail while you’re away or organise your mail to be placed on hold until your return.
Keep it on the down-low
As much as you want to post that airport photo on Instagram or a braggy farewell post on Facebook, try to refrain from advertising that you will be vacating your home for a lengthy period of time.
If you can, arrange for someone you trust to check on your house not just for security, but also for any maintenance issues.
If you’re renting, it’s a good idea to let your property manager know that you will be away.
By taking these small measures, you can enjoy your well-earned break.