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Keep Your Home Protected While You're Away in 6 Easy Steps



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With the arrival of August, now is the perfect time to take that one last trip before summer ends and the kids go back to school. We want you to feel confident leaving your home unattended, so we've put together this list of 6 easy things you can do to protect your home while you're away.
  1. Ask a friend to look over the house. This is an easy way to make sure your home is cared for while you're soaking up the sun. They can even feed your pets and water your plants while they're at it!
  2. Don't publicize your vacation on social media. Be sure to only share the details of your trip privately. You never know who might see your Tweets or Facebook posts, so it's best to err on the side of caution.
  3. It may be best to keep the lights off. Unless you have a timer that turns light on in different rooms at different times, it's best to leave your lights off. If you have a friend watching the home, you can have them rotate which lights are on.
  4. Stop the mail. There is no better way to show you are away than an overflowing mailbox. Call the post office and have them hold your mail until you return.
  5. Unplug your electronics. This will help prevent accidental fires and save you a little on your electric bill.
  6. Put away any spare keys. Many of us have hideaway keys outside of our home. It is best to make sure these are put away when you leave town, as you don't want to make it easy for a potential burglar to enter your home.
It's simple to feel protected when away on vacation - it's only a matter of being prepared and taking the necessary steps before leaving.

We hope these tips will be helpful for you. Since we are always looking for ways to make your life easier, we want to take this time to share a few additional resources with you:
  • Visit VIPSecretHouses.com to find homes that aren't yet on the market. You'll have access to homes no one else knows about.
  • We are currently marketing a $1.6 million penthouse in Clarendon Hills. To capture its essence, we hired a professional photography team to take aerial footage using drone technology. To see how we use cutting edge technology for marketing, watch this short video.
  • We recently sold a home in Winfield for $637,000 after it was on and off the market for a long time with another agent. For advice on whether you should have a trusted friend sell your home or work with a professional agent, watch this testimonial.
Hopefully these will all be of value to you. We want to keep you in the loop, so give us a call or shoot us an email for any of your real estate needs. We look forward to hearing from you.

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