It’s summertime. Many of us are making packing lists, checking reservations and maintaining vehicles before our trips. Just don’t forget to prep your house before you lock the door and head out of town. As a disaster restoration company, we’ve seen many homes severely damaged while the occupants were gone. While we certainly need business, we prefer to help our clients prevent losses or minimize them when we can. There are lists on the internet that can help you prepare, but here is ours:
- Hire a House Sitter/Pet Sitter if You Can. Ask a responsible close friend or relative to stay at your home to effect the best “occupied” look for your home. If you have the extra funds, you may even be able to hire someone. That person can take care of your pets and your home, take in mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, move vehicles in and out, and generally make the house look “lived in.”
- Create a “Lived In” Look Otherwise. If #1 is not an option for you, do whatever you can to create an occupied look by having a neighbor collect mail and newspapers for you, have someone mow the lawn, set timers at different intervals on lamps and perhaps a radio inside. You may even ask someone to park a car occasionally in the driveway. If you have no other options, at least place a vacation hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries.