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Protecting your Home | Security Considerations.

The following are some considerations for protecting your home whether or not you lease a property, or you are the owner. There are some who watch for signs that a property has been left, or when people go on vacation.

1. If you are posting you vacation on social media sites, you might want to wait until you come home, or have someone staying in your property in your absence. Otherwise you might be alerting others that your property is vacant.

2. Review your home owner's insurance policy, and determine what is covered.

3. If you lease your property, make sure you have renters insurance to cover the contents.

4. Neighborhood watch programs are really important and if your neighborhood does not have one, you can establish one in your area. Also, let neighbors know if you are leaving. You can also call the Police or local law enforcement and let them know you are out of the area, and ask if they would patrol the area.

5. Motion-detector lights are an easy and inexpensive addition that turn on automatically when someone walks by.

6. Automatic timers controlling your lights are another easy and inexpensive addition.

7. If you have a key pad with for your garage, be sure to change the code on a regular basis. And it is probably best not to give it out to too many people!

8. Take an inventory of your possessions, and you can photograph them or video them. And store it in a place where you can easily access such as dropbox.

9. If you are going away for an extended time frame, be sure to turn turn off mail, newspapers (if you still receive any), and bottled water delivery.

Try to avoid signs that you are gone and your house is vacant.

Sharon Paxson REALTOR®










Comment balloon 24 commentsSharon Paxson • May 27 2015 08:24AM


As we enter in to the Summer vacation time this is a great post to remind home owners or renters what they can do to protect their properties! I know I haven't changed the key pad code on my garage door in a few years so it's time to do that!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

Thanks Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, I was thinking the same thing with school coming to an end, and just a reminder to protect ourselves.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Sharon -- some very good information along with lots of common sense advice.  I can't believe the number of examples of people sharing their upcoming vacation plans on social media or in casual conversation.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago

great tips Sharon I like to post my vacations at all kinds of random times to see who will show up while I am supposed to be gone.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 4 years ago

Thank you for these tips Sharon :) Well written :) I agree!

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) over 4 years ago

Great info here to deter thieves and rest easy while away on vacation.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 4 years ago

Before my last vacation Sharon Paxson I picked up an inexpensive home monitoring device. It was fun to check every once in a while to see if their were any intruders. Thank God there was not.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 4 years ago

Great advice Sharon and very timely as many families are planning and to my dismay, announcing their vacation dates on social media. You can never be careful enough.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 4 years ago

Sharon, excellent advice especially with the vacation season already in full swing. many secuirity systems have the ability to control lights and you can access through cell, lap top or tablet. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago


 Good advice! Usually people are here when we are gone! I too adviced my buyers to start a neighborhood watch program they wanted us to provide security on our dime of course LOL!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 4 years ago

Excellent information Sharon.  We all could use a reminder on these issues from time to time.  Unfortunately, there are people out there that spend their time "out-thinking" the average homeowner.  It is vital that we all stay vigilant on issues regarding security.   

Posted by Faith LaRosse, Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties (Springer Realty Group) over 4 years ago

Sharon, this is so well written and a great post. Homeowners needs to stay on top of keeping their homes safe, one can never be too careful.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 4 years ago


Fluffy platitudes about safety remind me of what Benjamin Franklin said long ago;

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

As children learn in grade school, leave your stuff unattended and there is a good chance it won't be there when you get back.

Wishing for the best is not a particularly reliable strategy.

Happy Selling!

Posted by Brad Thomsen, Real Estate Services (Big Bear Realty) over 4 years ago


Thanks for sharing a comprehensive check list for protecting your home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Very good advice, especial for this time of year. Every homeowner should pay attention to this post.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

I am in the process of some upgraded security of cameras and locks at my office and house.  So not only can I know if someone goes in the door, I can see who it is.  And I do get a house sitter when we're away.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Nice post Sharon and so many things many will not think about. I smiled thinking about the garage keycode. We have a hard time remembering the code ourselves so we would never remember to change it often.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Sharon - i think that it is very important to follow all of your recommendations.  We today's technology people can get sloppy.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Sharon Paxson  Great list of precautions and safety tips

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 4 years ago


 Just stopped by to say hello I know everything is ok becaues of FB but we miss you in the rain!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 4 years ago

Sharon Paxson,  I thought I'd drop by and check on you.  Hope you are having a great summer.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 4 years ago


We have to think about our homes safety . . . .

Great post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 4 years ago

Sharon, this is common sense but what we all forget sometimes! It prompts me to want to write a similar post for Fishhawk Lake, as it's a question that comes up now and then when showing property (we have a Neighbor Watch program).

Thank you!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 4 years ago

I've never had the experience of having my home broken into, but I can only imagine the frustration it would bring. All of these tips are very good, and hopefully will prevent someone from having that bad day.

 I live in a very safe area, and my neighbors would not hesitate to call me if someone was in my home that they didn't know.

 I'm home a lot during the day, but I never answer the door if I don't recognize who it is. They would have a really bad day if they decided that it was safe to break in.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 4 years ago

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