4 Tips to Get Your Vacation Home Ready for the Season
There’s no denying it, this last winter was brutal. It’s safe to say that most people on the East Coast are more than ready for summer, which will be here any day now. It’s the season for backyard barbeques, relaxing by the water and long weekends at the beach house.
Here are a few easy things you can do to get your vacation home ready for the season while also improving it’s security and keeping it the place of rest and relaxation that it is meant to be.
1. Trim Trees and Hedges
One of the first things you do when opening your vacation home for the season is get the yard looking ship shape by mowing the grass, planting some flowers and trimming the trees and hedges. Not only does this keep your yard looking neat and prevent any rogue branches from damaging the exterior of your home; it also makes it more secure.
Trimmed trees and hedges provide a clearer line of sight between your home and the road. They also make one of the potential intruder’s favorite hiding places seem a little less desirable.
2. Check Door and Window Locks
When was the last time you did a thorough inspection of the doors and windows of your vacation home? When you closed it up at the end of last season? Or 3 summers ago when you got the new sliding door put in? We recommend checking the locks on your doors and windows at the beginning and end of each season to make sure they are actually doing their job and locking.
Why is this so important? If you are opening and closing the windows and sliding doors on your home quite frequently as people come and go, or just to let in a little fresh air, they are bound to need a little TLC at some point.
3. Replace Interior and Exterior Light Bulbs
When you get out to your vacation home for the first time this season, take some time to look at all of the interior and exterior light bulbs and replace any that may have burned out since the last time you were there. After all, a well-lit home is a well-protected home. Having proper lighting all around your home can help deter criminals who prefer to work under cover of darkness.
You might also want to critically evaluate the lighting situation. Do you have enough lights? Are they properly placed? Do they provide enough coverage in areas that you use a lot at night like, driveways, entryways, porches, yards or outbuildings? If you answer no to any of these questions, it might be beneficial to install some more lights to help keep the place safe and secure.
4. Consider Getting a Professional Security System.
As much as you might like to spend every moment of the summer at your vacation home, unfortunately that’s not always possible.That’s where a professionally installed and monitored security system comes in. If you have a system that is monitored 24/7 by a professional alarm company, you can have peace of mind that there is always someone looking out for your home away from home.
If you want an added layer of safety and security, many professionally installed systems can have remote access capabilities, which lets you check in on the place right from your smartphone, laptop or tablet. Being able to periodically check in like this prevents you from having to deal with any unexpected surprises when you arrive at the house ready for some R&R. Before you get there you can look and see how much damage last week’s storm did to the place, or see if the local wildlife have been wreaking havoc again.
If you are in New Jersey, consider having that system installed by the team here at Supreme Security Systems. With nearly 90 years of experience, we have the expertise to install, monitor and service a high-quality alarm system that will give you peace of mind that your vacation property is safe and secure even when you aren’t there.
Interested in learning what we can do for your home away from home? Contact us today and get the conversation started!