Planning on getting away for a holiday? Here is a very short list to follow when you are leaving your home for any longer than 24 hours, ensuring the safety and security of your Calgary home.
Home Check Arrangements
If you do nothing else, this is the most important item on the list- your home MUST be checked on when you are away. Besides the obvious reason for having your house looked in on, most importantly, the validity of your home insurance depends on your home check arrangements while you are absent. The frequency of checks required by insurance varies by company- some policies mandate house check as often as once every 24 hours! Check the fine print and make sure you fulfill the minimum requirement. Ask a friend or family member to do this for you or hire a reputable Home Sitting Services
Keep Landscaping/Snow Removal Done
It is great that you get a holiday from cutting your grass and watering your flowers. Long grass and a messy yard scream “we are away” so hire someone to pick up this chore while you are gone. Here are some Calgary Landscape Maintenance Pros.
Invest in Light Timers
Leaving lights on for 24/7 is also a sign that your home has been left unattended. Invest in some light timers and put them on a few table lamps in your house, staggering there on and off times. Timers are also available for switches so you can put your outside lights on timers too. This can also be a great energy saver, as outside timers make sure those lights are never left on all night long.
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Invest in a Home Security or Surveillance System
This will ensure that your home is protected 100% of the time, especially if it is hooked up directly to emergency services. You will also receive a reduction on your home insurance policy for having a secure system in your home. Check out an alarms systems specialist on the Who to Call website to get a security system installed in your home.
Curtains/Blinds Opened or Closed?
We often debate this when we are heading away. Leaving curtains open means people can see into your home. Closing them usually tips them off that you are away. We are advised to leave them as they are when we are in our home. For most of us, this means leave them open. You can also ask the person, or company checking on your home to open and close different blinds, or drapes to make your home look like it is occupied.
Be Mindful of Social Media Holiday Blasts
Social media is a great way to share our holiday experiences and photos with friends and families, but it is also a good way to let the world know we are not at home. Be mindful of what you post and perhaps wait until you are back home to share those wonderful holiday pictures- no matter how tempting it is!
Alert Your Neighbors
Let you neighbors know that you will be gone and for how long. If they see suspicious activity or a moving truck pull up to your home and contents being carried away, they are far more likely to check it out or follow up with police if they have been alerted to your absence.
So, if you think that crime does not happen in your neighborhood check out this neat area Crime Map published by the Calgary Police. You can see exactly what crimes have occurred in and around where you live. Take the above precautions and ensure your holiday ends on a happy note!