It’s that time of year again! Time to pull out your luggage and prepare for the many summer vacation adventures that await you. These extended times of absence are exciting, but can also cause worry pertaining to the security of your custom home. However, vacation is meant to be relaxing and leaving your property for any amount of time shouldn’t get in the way of that.
You have likely already taken basic steps to ensure the security of your home. To get piece of mind and to feel confident about leaving your custom home stress-free, read on and engage in the following precautions.
Notify Alarm System
You have likely already installed some type of alarm system in your custom home. As a further precaution, it is wise to notify your home security company that you will be out of town. This is especially important if you will be out of the country or somewhere you may be difficult to reach on the phone. If there is any type of unusual activity at your home, your security system will be aware that it is not you performing the activity and will quickly notify you or local law enforcement. Choose a security system that includes door and window systems so that any unusual attempts to enter will automatically be reported.
Make Your Home Appear Lived In
An empty looking house is an invitation to burglars and will increase your homes chances of being targeted. Avoid this risk by making your home appear lived in and active. Stop your mail and newspaper or have a neighbor pick them up so that they don’t pile in the mailbox or driveway. Park your car inside your garage and have a neighbor park in your driveway so that it appears that someone is in and out of the home. Also, don’t let your yard overgrow while you’re out of town. This is one surefire way for your home to appear unoccupied. If you need to, you can hire a landscaping service to take care of your yard while you’re away.
Another great precaution is adding a few lights in your home that are on a timer so they go off and on every few hours. Burglars hate outdoor lighting, so installing a motion activated sensor on your outdoor floodlights is another genius way to repel them.
Take Interior Precautions
Make sure smoke alarms in your Daytona Beach custom home are working properly before you head out and unplug any small appliances. You can also turn off water valves to avoid any water pipe disasters while you’re away. To save money, it’s wise to set the thermostat in your home to a temperature that’s consistent with the outdoors. This ensures your air conditioning or heating system doesn’t run unnecessarily while you’re soaking up sun in the Bahamas.
To avoid any unpleasant smells when you return from vacation, take the trash out and run your garbage disposal with vinegar and water. Also, go through your fridge and pantry and toss any products that may go bad while you are away. To ensure that any emergency is handled responsibly, leave your contact information with a trusty neighbor. You can also leave them with instructions on where to find shut-off valves and power sources for anything using electricity or water. Your custom home builder can also provide you with this information to pass along. This way you can truly relax in knowing that if anything goes wrong, you’ll be notified.
For more than 30 years, Kargar Construction’s skilled and knowledgeable staff has been happy to answer all questions concerning custom home building and ownership. We are consistently ranked one of the premier Daytona home builders, and we’re proud of the stellar customer service that we provide.
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