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How to Protect Your Vacation Home

A vacation home is a wonderful place to make lifelong memories and unwind from the daily grind of life. However, because you are not at your vacation home year-round, you want to be sure it is protected even when you aren’t there. The last thing any vacation homeowner wants is something to happen while they are gone. 

Consider the following to keep your vacation home secure all year:

1. Install security cameras

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The best way to protect your home is to install security cameras or an alarm. There are so many security camera systems available now that keeping your vacation home secure is easier than it ever has been. Most cameras allow you to check footage with your phone using real-time video. A lot of cameras can even send you notifications if something is suspicious. 

2. Maintain the Outside Appearance of Your Home

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Make sure the outside of your vacation home is looking lived in with your yard maintained and clean. If you need to, hire someone to mow the lawn on a regular basis and keep your trees, and shrubs trimmed, Stop mail and newspaper delivery when you are gone and keep anything you would not want stolen locked away.

3. Lighting

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The best deterrent for a thief as stated above is making your home like someone is there. One way to do this is to install light fixtures on the outside of your home, such as lights on pathways/sidewalks or motion detector lights. You may even want to install timers on lights on the inside of your house to be extra safe. 

4. Get to Know Your Neighbors

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It is always a good idea to get to know your neighbors, especially in a vacation home. A close community will experience fewer break-ins because strangers will be more obvious and everyone will be more aware of suspicious activity. Let your neighbors know when you arrive and leave your home, Ask neighbors you trust or who live in the area full time to keep an eye out on your home for you. 

5. Secure Doors/Windows Really Well

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Most likely you secure your main doors pretty well, but be sure to secure all entry points to your vacation home. Don’t forget other buildings on your property. This includes the garage, sheds, or boathouses. You can use deadbolts or even padlocks for extra security. Also, be sure all of the windows are tightly locked at all times when leaving your home.

Start working on these tasks today to make your home as safe as possible. ServiceMaster Restoration is available to you 365 days a year, 7 days a week should you need our services. We offer the best in restoration services. We work hard to offer you peace of mind. Give us a call today at (704) 324-8528