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Whether you’re home or away for the hol­i­days, most of us are keen to take a few pre­cau­tions to keep our homes safe.

While it’s no one’s favourite task, clear­ing the gut­ters at this time of year is good prac­tice, es­pe­cially if you are plan­ning on go­ing away af­ter Christ­mas.

Clear gut­ters will lessen the im­pact of ex­treme weather events such as storms, floods and even bush­fire.

If there are ac­cess is­sues or you don’t have the right equip­ment, this might be just the job to out­source to a pro­fes­sional with ap­pro­pri­ate in­sur­ance.

If you are plan­ning on tak­ing a hol­i­day af­ter Christ­mas, check the se­cu­rity of your doors and win­dows and con­sider in­stalling ex­te­rior sen­sor lights.

Timers for lamps, lights and ra­dios are a rel­a­tively cheap in­vest­ment to give the ap­pear­ance that some­one is home while you’re away. If you can, ask a neigh­bour or friend to drop by the prop­erty to make sure ev­ery­thing is as it should be.

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