Home Owner Tips

Monthly Home Owner Tips from Everett Real Estate:

ENJOY A WORRY-FREE VACATION

Whether you’re headed to the beach, to visit relatives, or on a family adventure at a theme park, the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your home while on vacation.

• Set timers on several lights around the house and schedule them to turn on and off at different times. Timers are inexpensive and can be purchased at most hardware retailers.

• Ask a neighbor to park their car in the driveway occasionally so it appears someone is home.

• Suspend delivery of newspapers and have the post office hold your mail, or have a neighbor collect it. If you’ll be gone for more than one week, arrange to have someone mow the lawn in your absence.

• Use caution when communicating on Facebook or other social networks about vacation plans. Information spreads quickly and could reach the wrong person.

• Turn off the ringer on telephones, so they can’t be heard from outside.

• Close window coverings on any ground-level rooms where valuables may be visible from the window.

• Turn the water heater down to its lowest setting. Maintaining the hot water at its everyday temperature during your absence wastes energy and money.

• Unplug appliances and electronics except the refrigerator and freezer.

• To prevent water leaks or a burst hose, turn off the water supply lines for the toilets, sinks and appliances.

• If possible, pack vacation gear in the car while it’s in the garage so passersby don’t see that you’re leaving for vacation.

Once you’ve taken these steps to protect your home, it’ll be easier to relax and enjoy your well-deserved getaway.