Helpful Tips for Homeowners – August 2017

  • Going out of town for your summer vacation?  Here are some suggestions to help safeguard and maintain your home while you are away:
    • Install timers on lamps and televisions in several areas of your home and set them to come on at varied times to create the illusion that someone is home.
    • Temporarily stop newspaper delivery while you are away, and ask a neighbour to collect any flyers that may be left on your front porch or in your mailbox.  Accumulated papers are a tell tale sign that you are away.
    • Don’t forget to take out all the trash for garbage day (or ask someone to do it for you if you are leaving more than a day before your pick up date), but do remember to ask a neighbour to bring in the garbage cans, green bins and recycling bins back in for you.
    • Have a neighbour park an extra vehicle in your driveway.
    • Remember to keep your air conditioner (if equipped) turned on.  This will be vital in maintaining humidity and temperature levels in the home while you are out.  You may want to turn the thermostat up a degree or two to reduce hydro consumption.
    • Keep your dehumidifier running while you are away and attach a drain hose directly into the floor drain so there is no need to have someone empty the holding tank.
    • For lengthy trips, it may be wise to have a security system installed if you haven’t done so already.  If you do have a system installed already – don’t forget to call the monitoring company to inform them of your plans and provide alternate contact information.
    • Provide a key and /or alarm code to a neighbour or friend so they have access to your home. Remember to check with your insurance company and/or condominium board regarding the requirements for having someone check your home routinely while you are away.
    • If you do not have an in ground sprinkler system, ask someone to stop by and water on your assigned day (especially if your sod has just recently been laid).  It would also be helpful to have the  grass mowed of you will be gone for a long period of time.
    • Now for the most obvious – ensure that all windows and doors are properly closed and locked.  It only takes one overlooked window to become a point of entry into the home.

Now for the most important…have a safe and happy summer vacation!

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