Se­cure the home when away

Pilbara News - - Property - Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of West­ern Aus­tralia. Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well

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.

Check-in

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.

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