Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Protect Your North Shore Home This Holiday Season

If you're traveling for the holidays—no matter if you're off to a surrounding community on Chicago's North Shore or far away—it's important that you protect your home while you're gone. Whether you keep your lights on a timer or have a neighbor pick up your mail, every step makes a big difference in ensuring your property's safety this time of year.

As your local real estate expert, I have included a few tips for securing your home during the holiday season below:

Don't forget to lock up
Before you head out on your holiday excursions, don't forget to lock all of the doors and windows! This may seem like an obvious home security tip, but with all of the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget to turn the lock. Make one trip around your home prior to leaving to make sure each window and door is latched.

Ask a neighbor to help
If you know you'll be gone for a few days (or weeks!), ask a neighbor to get involved. They can pick up your mail, so your full mailbox doesn't tip off any thieves that you may not be home, and also help gather large packages that may be delivered. Remember, package theft picks up this time of year and you don't want to risk having your gifts suddenly disappear from you doorstep!

Clear a path
Make sure the pathway to your door is clear of any obstacles or large holiday decor. Thieves can often hide behind bushes, trees, and even your Christmas inflatables, so make sure your doorway is visible from the street and to your neighbors.

Don't leave tips
It can be tempting to share your holiday travels on social media, but this could also leave an unnecessary tip that you're not home. Avoid sharing any tips that you're away from the house until after you return.

Install a camera
If you haven't already installed a security camera outside your home, take the time to do so before you leave for the holidays. Not only does this help amp up your home's protection when you're away, but you can keep a watchful eye no matter where you are, right from your phone!

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the local real estate market in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Deerfield and beyond, buying or selling a home! I wish you all a happy holiday season!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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