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Exterior Home Protection When You are Away

Exterior Home Protection When You are Away

A Mother’s Touch Movers has had the privilege of assisting so many families with their Melbourne, FL move. We know changing locations, local or out-of-state, can be one of life’s most challenging events. This is why we work with our clients one-on-one in order to create a customized moving experience. Every move is different and so is every family we work with. Your transition is unique, so we partner with you to make the experience an incredibly positive one. We are invested in each person we serve, start to finish.

Now that you are settled into your new home, perhaps you are considering a quick holiday before the business of life takes over. Vacation season is upon us here in Melbourne, FL. It is almost time for the kids to begin a new school year, so many families are trying to squeeze in a last-minute getaway. Are you one of them? If so, be sure to check out our previous post on protecting your home while you are away. We looked at some simple things you can do to the interior of your home when you head out to make it look like you are still there. Today, we’d like to discuss options for the exterior portion of your home. Thieves often troll neighborhoods looking for homes that appear empty. You don’t have to fall victim to them, however. Here are some great tips to give the illusion that you are indeed home!

Keep Up Appearances

Your lawn is a telltale sign that no one is at home. Overgrown grass and unkempt shrubbery are dead giveaways. If you won’t be gone for long and do not have a lawn service, be sure to freshen up your lawn before you leave. Trim limbs that are close to windows too. If you will be gone for longer, consider hiring someone to mow and trim while you are away.

Light Up

Exterior lighting is an important part of home security. A dark home is an unsafe one. You have several options when it comes to exterior lighting. Motion activated lights are a great way to reap the benefits of outdoor lighting without too much expense. Because these security lights are not on all the time, you are not paying for electricity at all times.

Flood lights are another option. There are several options on this front. You can choose the conventional halogen type which give off a bright light at all times. They also consume the most electricity. If you want an environmentally friendly option, you can go for solar flood lights. These absorb sunlight as the day goes on and utilize it to power the lights.

Lock Up

This one is a no-brainer but it is important. In the hustle and bustle of preparing to leave, it can be easy to forget to check all the doors and windows. Make sure that you take a few moments to do just that. You also want to make sure your garage is taken care of too.

Take Care of the Mail

An overloaded mailbox or front door loaded up with packages makes for an easy target. When you head out of town, be sure that someone is collecting your mail and packages for you. If you will be gone for an extended period, consider putting a stop to your mail all together.

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