It’s that time of year when most of us are looking forward to jetting off to our chosen all-inclusive resort or spending some quality time away with family closer to home. No matter your plans, it’s important not to overlook the importance of securing your home and your investment properties amongst all the excitement of your upcoming break.
People generally spend more time away from their properties in summer. Some stay empty for as much as two weeks at a time, and even longer in some cases.
To compound the issue, most holidaymakers these days love to share every moment of their getaway with their friends on social media, a tell-tale sign that their property is empty and a green light for burglars.
It’s not just when you’re away that the likelihood of a burglary increases either. Hot weather leads to doors and windows being left open for long periods, and garages and sheds being used more. This makes it easy to forget to lock everything up, leading to more opportunity for the keen-eyed burglar. ‘Nipping to the shop’ could cost you a lot more than the thing you’re going out to get. It’s important to stay vigilant even if you’re at home or only leaving the house for a short period.
Remember to take care of the following before you leave, whether it’s your home or helping your tenants secure theirs…
Whatever your plans are, if you follow the guidelines we’ve set out here, you can relax knowing that your properties and your business are as secure as they can be for the summer and beyond.
If you’ve got a fortnight on the beach to look forward to, you’re going to need some reading material to keep your brain ticking over. Summer breaks provide the perfect chance for some thinking time, to plot your next move, and to plan for a great rest of the year.
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Wishing you a secure and sun-filled summer.
-Janice Minihan, co-founder and director of Property Deal Store