Preparing your Home for Summer

We tend to think about preparation of our homes for the oncoming cold weather, but there are some important measures that you can take to prepare your home for the warmer seasons as well.  Keeping on top of the following tasks can help to ensure that you won’t have to be surprised with emergency fixes later on.

  1. Since rain typically comes with a vengeance in the spring, it pays to clean those gutters out early. Take care to stabilize your ladder and get a helper if necessary.  Use gloves to help avoid any cuts from exposed metal ends and remove all debris (leaf and dirt build up) from the gutter so that your water runs in the direction that it’s supposed to, and your gutters can do a proper job of removing the water from the house.
  2. Spring is a great time to check all of your window and door screens for any repairs or replacements that may need to be done. Over time, screens tear and even the smallest holes can be the ideal entryway into your home for bugs and other critters.  Replacement screens with the trim and tools are easily purchased from hardware stores.

You can also keep creepy crawlies at bay by ensuring that your doors are sealed against them using thresholds, most often made from steel or aluminum.  A door sweep will also add protection against bugs from making their way inside.

  1. Carefully inspect your foundation for any signs of cracks or small holes. These are far more easily repaired when they first appear than when they become bigger problems down the road.  Sealant and caulking can both be used successfully for these types of repairs.
  2. If your windows show signs of wear, this is the perfect time to repair or order replacements. Check the seals and frames and make repairs so that leaks and drafts are kept to a minimum.
  3. You’re not likely to be using that fireplace during the warm season, so take advantage of the down time to have it professionally cleaned in preparation for some toasty fires when the weather calls for it.
  4. In an ideal world, you’ve been on top of furnace filter replacement, but when was the last time you got it cleaned along with your ducts? Spring or summer is often a wonderful time to get this type of project cleared out of the way so that things are in tip top shape for the colder months.
  5. Before you have family and friends over for those summer BBQ’s, inspect and make repairs to your deck in the spring. Cracked or rotted boards should be replaced, and spring is the perfect time to scrape and re-stain a deck before those hot temperatures hit.  Maintaining your deck will ensure all season enjoyment of your outdoor living space.
  6. When was the last time you checked your insurance? This often overlooked but crucially important aspect of homeownership should be checked and updated regularly so that the proper coverage is maintained.

 

 

Preventing Winter Water Damage

Water damage is a rather large problem that affects many homes across Canada. Burst pipes, cracked foundations, general drainage problems; all of these can lead to water damage that can cause major headaches. The winter months in particular are risky seeing as snowfall eventually melts, producing vast amounts of water in the process. To find out how you can better protect your home from winter water damage, follow these tips.

Pipe Protection

The cold winter months often lead to freezing pipes that eventually burst. This is the most common cause of water damage during the winter months by far. Unfortunately, home insurance plans typically do not cover damage due to frozen bursting pipes, so you’ll want to make sure you do everything in your power to prevent this from happening. It’s a good idea to check your plumbing for corrosion and to wrap insulation sleeves around any vulnerable pipes in unheated or outdoor areas. Also, make sure to drain any exterior pipes and hoses to prevent ice buildup. If you are going to be going away for a time during the winter, there a couple of things you can do to prevent bursting pipes. Some people choose to leave a tap running at no more than a steady drip, so as to keep the water moving while they are away. While this does work to a degree, it’s probably a better idea to turn your water off at the source and then drain the pipes.

Foundation Repairs

Another common cause of winter water damage is cracks in a home’s foundation. During the winter months, snow can easily build up around the exterior of your home, and if it melts, water can trickle into your home through any cracks in the foundation. Your home’s basement is usually the most vulnerable when it comes to this problem. Try and repair any cracks in your home’s foundation before the snow starts to fall, and during winter try to clear away snow from the foundation and also from window wells and outdoor stairwells. Another measure you can take is to ensure that the ground slopes away from your home’s exterior walls rather than towards them. This will prevent water from flowing into foundation cracks. Soil may erode overtime, so it’s important to consistently add top soil to any trouble spots.

Basement Care

Basements are the most common place for potential water damage. If you don’t already have one, install a sump pump. Sump pumps prevent and control basement flooding by pumping water out of your basement’s sump basin, preventing it from overflowing and flooding. You should also make sure your hot water tank is properly maintained and free of corrosion.

Roof Maintenance

Lastly, you need to ensure that your roof is protected from excess amounts of snow. Flat roofs are vulnerable to collapsing due to snow weight, and sloped roofs are the perfect place for ice dams to form. Icicles also form on roofs, and if big enough, can tear the gutter and shingles from your roof and allow water to get into interior walls. Removing snow and ice from your home’s roof can be dangerous, so it is a good idea to hire a professional and licensed contractor to clear your roof and gutters.

How To Spot A Leaky Roof – And What To Do About It

There’s no doubt about it – a leaky roof is not only annoying and inconvenient, it can also be very costly and create a lot of damage to both your house and your belongings – and that’s not to mention potential damage to your neighbor’s property if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house.

water damage roof

Unfortunately leaky roofs do occur, and the best way for home owners or occupants to reduce damage, inconvenience and high costs is to be able to spot the signs of a leaky roof and deal with them quickly.

Spotting a leaky roof

The obvious way to spot a leaky roof is by noticing water dripping. Often, however for those people who have an attic, this is too late – it will have already soaked through your attic and into your rooms below.  Water coming in through the roof can cause wooden rafters to root, and if your loft is insulated, can cause it to get damp and moldy.

So in order for you spot the tell-tale signs of a leaky roof as early as possible, here are some of them:

  • Water dripping
  • Water stains on the ceilings
  • Water running down the walls
  • Extra humidity in the loft
  • Extra dampness in the loft

By paying particular attention to these symptoms, as well as checking regularly in your attic – especially after rain, you should be able to spot quickly any problems and resolve them quickly.

Common Leaky Areas

When it comes to leaky roofs there are five most common leaky trouble areas:

  1. Vent Boot – This is where plumbing pipes pass through the roof. If there are cracks in the flashing or pipes, water can enter your property, or if you have a rubber seal that is beginning to deteriorate or have missing nails. This can be fixed easily once that you have located where the problem is.
  2. Dormer or Wall Joints – Another common point of entry is where dormer windows or walls join together. Maybe the caulk is old, cracked or missing, for example. This is especially prevalent when there is hard rain. The problem with this is that the water can get in a spread, and it is sometimes difficult to spot the actual place where the water is coming in.
  3. Flashing – If flashing hasn’t been fitted properly, rusts or a roofer forgets to nail down a particular part; it can channel water directly into your home.
  4. Holes and cracked tiles – Whether they are left over from satellite dishes or caused by nature, holes and cracked tiles are another common cause for roof leaks. These are easier to spot if you have a loft – just go up during the day and look for sunlight.
  5. Chimneys – In much the same way as vent boots, water can often get in through flashing and cracked chimneys. These are often divided between semi-detached houses so check that your neighbor doesn’t have any problems.

Once you have figured out where the problem is, you can go on to resolve it. Some repairs are easily done yourself, but in most cases it is advisable to get a company like T4TD Restoration to check it out, and ensure that your roof is ready for what the future brings.

Mold in your Home

Nearly every home will fall victim to mold growth at some point. As a homeowner, there are things you need to know about household mold, how to remove it safely, and how to prevent mold growth.

Home Mold

Household mold can be found anywhere with damp or humid surfaces such as bathrooms, basements, siding, attic and decks. If your home has areas that are exposed to the rain and moisture due to cracks or poor drainage; moisture can seep into the walls and cause damage to the wood framing and drywall. Often you won’t notice this until you see a dark spot on a wall inside your home.

The Effects of Mold

Why should you clean and remove mold growth from your home? Mold releases spores into the air. These spores if inhaled can affect your health and that of your family. Sneezing, congestion, itchy or a runny nose, and throat irritation are just a few of the mild symptoms you may experience. The more serious symptoms can include major allergy and asthma attacks, hypersensitivity pneumonitis (which is a pneumonia-like illness), and possible infections in people with weakened immune systems. Young children and the elderly can be especially sensitive to mold. In addition, some molds can be toxic.

Removing Mold by Yourself

Depending on the magnitude of contamination, mold removal can be expensive and often requires trained technicians. Cleaning up mold on your own is okay if:

  • The mold is only covering a relatively small area. ( less than a meter square).
  • The mold is growing on materials that are hard to clean such as; carpet, which is easy to remove and replace on your own (if you know how).
  • The mold is growing on surfaces that are easy to clean such as; glass, metal, tubs, tile, or sinks.
  • You or anyone in your family doesn’t have health problems which could be made worse by increased exposure to mold.

The easiest method to cleaning the mold is to use a mixture of one part bleach to 8 parts water. Use a spray bottle or sponge and a bucket to apply the cleaner to the mold. Other products you can use include; borax, vinegar, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide. Remember to never mix bleach and ammonia as this produces a toxic gas!

If you discover that the mold growth is deeper into the surface, consult a professional who will assess the mold and determine the best method of removal. Often mold that is on drywall or wood has penetrated below the surface and caused some structural damage.

Preventing Mold Growth

Of course, prevention is the best course of action. The key to stopping mold growth is to control and where possible, eliminate dampness. The worst infestations can be found in damp areas such as crawlspaces, attics, as well as walls where there has been moisture or water leaking into from outside. Another common place for mold is in basements, especially those with poor foundation drainage. Therefore, it’s important for homeowners to prevent leaks, provide proper ventilation in attics, keep crawlspaces dry, and ensure that water is routed away from the foundation.

Whether you’re unsure that you have mold growing in your home and need an inspection done, or you’re sure and need professional help in removing mold, contact us today and our team of experts at T4TD Restoration will be ready to help.

How To Get Rid Of Snow From Your Property

O, the joys of winter. Along with frigid temperatures comes the sleet, ice and mounds of snow that make our daily lives miserable. In addition to the blustery months of winter are the dangers snow and ice bring with its accumulation around our homes. So, what do you do with all of that snow? Is there a safe way to toss it all away from your home to prevent encountering water problems along the way?

a person shoveling snow out of their driveway

Canadian winters are often unpredictable with one day being pleasant and the next blasting us with a snowstorm, so don’t be fooled by the occasional mildness, we are smack in the middle of winter. Learning how to deal with frigid conditions plus ice and snow around your home is not only smart, it reduces insurance claims for damages related to winter storms.

Foundation:

Removing snow away from your foundation walls is one of the first safety issues that you should tackle because the moisture from melting snow slowly seep into the walls since concrete is porous. It is important to shovel snow away from the perimeter of your home when shoveling your driveway, walkways and sidewalks. You should also make certain that fire hydrants near your house, gas meters, and dryer vents aren’t encased in snow.

Roof:

Another danger zone is the snow on your roof. Although you want snow on your roof as proof that the insulation is doing its job, too much snow on the wrong roof can cause it to collapse. Many homeowners with a flat roof learn only too late how vulnerable their homes are after a collapse due to heavily built-up snow accumulation.

In some municipalities, homeowners are asked to remove snow from flat roofs because of the major damage they pose or worse yet, major injury. The request by towns even extends to overhangs and gutters, especially communities that have been hit with snow and ice storms.

The best way to tackle the job of removing snow from the roof is to use a snow shovel. This type of shovel is designed to reach the roof from the ground, eliminating the need to climb to the roof and risk a fall. Unfortunately, this method carries risks, such as damaging your shingles when shoveling from the ground or the weight of the snow coming down on you causing injury. Therefore, if removing snow or an ice damage from your roof is a regular occurrence, you are safer to contact a professional contractor to deal with this problem.

Prevent Injuries:

Another safety reason for getting the white stuff out of the way around your home is that homeowners are responsible for preventing injuries happening on their property. It’s up to the homeowner to take precautions against someone slipping or falling due to negligence. If these precautions are ignored and an injury does result, the homeowner can be held legally liable and a lawsuit may result due to the homeowner’s inaction.

De-icers:

For instances when shovelling is not enough due to heavy ice conditions or a blizzard is on the way, prepare your property ahead of time by using rock salt, the most common de-icer. Apply it to your driveway, walkway and sidewalk to prevent any slipping or falling hazards. If you’re not a big fan of rock salt because it can destroy your grass, there are alternative products that are equal, if not more effective at melting ice and snow, but they cost more.

Every de-icer has its advantages and disadvantages because they’re all corrosive one way or another; however, sand or gravel instead of salt is the better choice as a safer, natural alternative. Whichever method you choose, read and follow the instructions for safety sake.

Old Man Winter is here whether you like it or not, but there’s no reason to put your home or property in jeopardy if you follow some no-brainer methods for ensuring a safe and secure environment. If you follow these recommendations, then you’ll be cleared out in snow-time at all!

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Tree Falls can Damage your Home

That great big pine that towers over your home can be your best friend, providing protection from harsh winds and sun. That same tree can also be your worst enemy if it falls on your home. There are steps you can take to prevent that tree from causing damage to your home or worse, you and your loved ones.

Tree Fall Damages Home

Your property can suffer damage because of many other sudden occurrences.

  • Falling debris
  • Forced entry
  • Vehicle damage

Having a tree fall on your house is one of those sudden occurrences that can be prevented. When your beloved tree falls on your house, you will find yourself in a lose, lose situation. Not only has your dwelling no doubt suffered considerable damage, you will be left mourning the demise of that beautiful tree.

A falling tree can really uproot your life. The good news is, there are many things we can do today to prevent that from ever happening. A little precaution could save the day.

Warning Signs of a Weakened Tree

Is your tree trying to tell you something? Many times a tree will give off warning signs before a fall.

  • After a storm, check for damage.
  • Periodically Inspect the trees crown for dead wood and leaves.
  • Check for peeling bark
  • Inspect the base for heaving, displaced soil and exposed roots.
  • Ensure your tree doesn’t have a significant lean to it.
  • Beware of any cracks in the trunk of your tree that extend through to the base.
  • Look for a change in foliage such as smaller leaves and an early Autumn colour.
  • Ants and mushrooms can indicate decay.

Repairing a Weakened Tree

Trees with any of the above symptoms are at greater risk because they are in a weakened state. Do you need to take your tree down before it takes down your house? Not necessarily. You have options.

  • Balancing out your tree by pruning branches may correct any lean and make it more stable
  • A split trunk can be stabilized with cables, essentially holding the tree together.
  • If your tree has suffered damage from construction, prune the tree to reduce weight and remove damaged limbs.
  • Water the tree heavily, allowing roots to take a strong hold.
  • Use rods and cables to brace the tree.

Certain species of trees are more susceptible to the kind of damage that causes a tree to fall. If you are planting a tree on your property consider what condition that tree will be in after 50 years. Choose a sturdy species.

Despite our best efforts, sudden occurrences are sudden. Panic is often our first response but it’s important to take the right steps to move forward.

Steps to Take in case a Tree Falls on your Home

If a tree does indeed fall on your house, first ensure all people and pets are accounted for and safe.

Call your insurance company and call a professional restoration company. They are the experts on cleaning up after disasters.

Having a tree fall on your house can cause many hazards that include electrical risks, stability issues and flooding. It’s important to secure the home before it is re-entered. Having a professional restoration company that is on call 24/7 will have your unfortunate situation under control sooner than later and start you on the road to enjoying your home once again.

Protect your investments by being diligent and you won’t find yourself with a tree house. If you’re home has incurred damage from a tree fall, contact our team of professionals at T4TD Restorations today.

Attic Maintenance: Beware of Mold!

Mold is a common concern for homeowners, particularly in enclosed or accessible attics of older homes. No matter where it is located in your house, mold can be a danger to those living in the home. The bad news is, most of the toxic mold that can end up floating around in the air is invisible to the naked eye, despite the fact that it can seriously affect your health. The presence of mold or mildew in the air has been clinically associated with allergic reactions as well as certain mental illnesses, nervous-system disorders and chronic respiratory diseases. Although your attic may not be regularly visited, it is important to make sure that mold is not growing anywhere in your home, contaminating the air on all levels of the house.

Home Attic

Insulation and Ventilation

Insulation and ventilation are two key factors for mold growth in your attic. Because mold is actually a form of fungi it likes to grow on a host surface that is moist with a warm, humid environment. There are many reasons why attics in both new and older homes are able to create this type of environment, making them an extremely susceptible area of the home to have mold growth. Attics often trap hot air as heat will naturally rise to the highest level of the home. Furthermore, attics are not often as well kept as the livable space in a home and are more likely to have areas where moisture is able to enter the space and get trapped within.

Mold Prevention

How can you prevent this from happening in your home? Proper maintenance of your attic’s insulation and ventilation systems is the only way to effectively reduce your chances of mold growth in your attic. Although it is tough for some homeowners to spend money on areas of the home that you might not get use out of every day, investing in your attic will help prevent long-term damage that can be more costly to repair after-the-fact. Attic insulation will ensure that your ceiling is properly sealed, that your insulation levels are properly selected with continuous and complete coverage that still allow for proper ventilation. Attic floors are particularly tricky to properly insulate if your home has cathedral ceilings or have attic knee walls that require unique insulation techniques.

Ventilation is essential in your attic, and there are different styles that are appropriate in different types of attics. If you have an older home, make sure that you have your ventilation checked because newer techniques have been developed for certain styles that are more effective than traditional methods. Proper ventilation will ensure that air is circulated effectively and will decrease the chances of mold developing.Take a proactive approach with your attic and mold prevention and have a certified contractor evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your home.

Take a proactive approach with your attic and mold prevention and have a certified contractor from T4TD Restoration evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your home. Contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help you.

cleaning gutters

A mild winter could cause problems around the house

In Southern Ontario, Meteorologists have predicted that this winter will be milder compared to the last.  So far they seem to be right as December of 2015 has been quite warm. On the surface, this sounds like good news – less snow to shovel and fewer bone-chilling days are generally welcomed. Keep in mind however, some problems around the house could crop up as a result of the milder winter that looks to be on the way. But a little bit of maintenance work around the home could help mitigate those potential problems.

Ice dams and water damage

A milder winter doesn’t mean there won’t be snow or cold days. In fact, it’s the constant fluctuations between cold and mild that can cause problems for a house. Repeated melting and freezing often triggers a ridge of ice to build up at the edge of a roof. That ridge makes an ice dam. When there’s a sufficient amount of rain or melting snow above the dam, water will pool and can back up through the roof shingles and into the exterior walls and attic. Water that makes its way into walls and ceilings can create significant damage.

To help combat ice dams from forming, it’s essential to keep eavestroughs clear of leaves and other debris. Frequent ice damning might also suggest that your attic isn’t vented and insulated properly.

Basement flooding concerns

Cold snaps during the winter can freeze the ground around your house. While this is expected at this time of the year, the increased chance of rainfall during a mild winter can create a problematic situation. When the ground is frozen, it has a harder time absorbing water. If a substantial amount of rain falls on frozen ground, there’s a chance the rainfall will pool around your home, and some of it may find its way into your basement.

To help protect your basement from flooding, the ground around your home should slope away from the foundation. A slope of one inch per foot away from the house, for at least the first six feet, is a recommended amount of grading.

As is the case in preventing ice dams, keeping rain gutters clear and downspouts positioned to discharge water at least six feet away from the house will help limit the chances of water leaking into your home.

Mold and mildew

More winter rainfall means more water can enter your home through cracks in a chimney, or windows that aren’t properly sealed. The warm air inside your home will absorb the newly-introduced moisture. Warm and moist air will be attracted to cold surfaces like windows and basements, and that could result in a buildup of condensation – the perfect place for mold spores to thrive.

Mold and mildew can be mitigated by using fans inside the house to keep air circulating. Even better, preventative measures to keep unwanted moisture from entering the house can be taken. Seal windows and doors properly, as well as any exterior cracks you might notice around your home.  Use your bathroom fan after every shower until the mirror is no longer fogged, and your stove fan to help draw out additional steam and moisture.

Should you experience ice damning or flooding, call T4TD Restoration for service.  We offer both emergency service and scheduled appointments.  While we are expected to have a mild winter, there is still a chance for extreme cold, and the problems that follow like frozen pipes and heavy snow.  If you experience any water damage, or exterior damage such as fallen tree branches, T4TD is available to help get your house restored.

Preventing Condensation on Windows and Patio Doors this Winter

As we come into the cold winter days and nights, we start to find more occurrences of condensation, especially on our windows and patio doors.

condensation rolling down a window

What is condensation and how does it occur?

Put simply, condensation is when vapour that is in the air cools down enough to become water. It can be worsened by the presence of more humid air (for example, steam from cooking or a shower), and can also be a sign of a more serious problem of having an excess of moisture in your home´s atmosphere.

When you heat up your house on a cold day, there can be a bit difference between the air temperature inside and outside your home. The point at which the two different temperatures meet is where the condensation will form.

If there is high humidity in your house, the problem gets worse. A humid house means that the amount of water that the air can contain is high, and once the level passes the amount of water (through bathing, cooking or even drying clothes inside) that can be contained, condensation is formed. Other factors that affect humidity within the home include:

  • Recently plastered rooms – the plaster holds a lot of moisture until it dries out
  • Dishwashers
  • Floor mopping
  • Occupants (people breathing)
  • Gas appliances
  • Plants
  • Pets
  • Dampness

Preventing Condensation

Because of the fact that glass is a good conductor of heat (or cold) and is less porous than brick, most condensation occurs on windows and patio doors. Obviously a good way to stop this is by keeping the inside air temperature similar to the outside temperature, but this isn’t viable during the cold winter.

So what can you do during the winter to reduce or prevent condensation?

  • Get double or triple glazing – by causing more of a barrier between the cold and warm air, less condensation will be formed.
  • Ventilation – the biggest difference will be made if you ventilate the inside of your property as much as possible. Open a window or use a ventilator in the bathroom and kitchen if possible.
  • Dry clothes outside – try to dry your clothes outside the house where possible and not inside on a clothes horse or on radiators.
  • Move plants away from the windows – the moisture produced by them will go straight towards the glass – or try to keep plants somewhere that is well ventilated.
  • Don´t dry firewood inside – or anything if possible. If you are hoping for the water to evaporate off something, try not to do it inside if you are having condensation issues.
  • Keep basement walls dry – a damp basement wall will act as a humidifier if wet.
  • Don´t cover windows with heavy curtains – this can limit air flow and reduce ventilation, causing more condensation.
  • Worse case, you may have to buy a de-humidifier

Condensation is a natural occurrence, especially during very cold spells in the winter, and on these odd occasions it is nothing to worry about. A little ventilation should solve this issue quickly. If, however, you begin to notice it more often, it is advisable to start to look at checking the humidity within your home.

For more information about condensation and how to reduce it in your home, get in touch with T4TD restoration today.

How To Prepare A Home For Winter

All Canadians understand that winter is inevitable. We tolerate this bitter season because, for the most part, we have no choice but also, because along with the snow and cold, comes the Holidays.

Unless you’re a snowbird. Then you can’t wait for boxing day. This is the day when it’s acceptable to take off for sunnier regions. You might be leaving your home all by it’s lonesome during these cold months, but that shouldn’t mean leaving your home out in the cold.

a home during the winter season
Taking precautions now will give you piece of mind for your sabbatical. You will be thankful that you took the time and energy to safeguard your home while you are away.
Snowbirds can do all kinds of things to ensure they find their home the way they left it.

The first thing for all you snowbirds out there is to make a checklist. A list is great for keeping track of what has already been done and what needs to still be done. It’s also useful to have a checklist that you can revisit each year before you take flight.

Turn off, unplug and shut down.

When leaving for any extended period of time, it’s a wise precaution to turn off your water. You’ll be absent during the most frigid and volatile time of year. Turning off your water from the exterior of your home will ensure that pipes won’t freeze and burst. It is also wise to drain your pipes by running each faucet in your home. Turn down your thermostat, making sure to maintain enough heat to prevent pipes from freezing. If you aren’t taking it with you, unplug it. Otherwise, loads of energy will be used while you’re are working on your tan down south. Leaving things plugged in can also prove to be a fire hazard. Of course, clean out your refrigerator and freezer before unplugging. Shut off your gas wherever it’s not needed and turn down your water heater.

Close, cover and store

Close flues and dampers. This will prevent unwanted visitors in your home while you’re away. An unused fireplace can provide great shelter for any number of critters. You’ll want to be sure to cover any outdoor plants before your vacate. While it may not be very cold when your leave, you know the temperature is sure to drop throughout your time away. Remember, you’re getting out of town because the conditions are less than comfortable. Leave nothing outside that could blow away. Ensure patio furniture is either stored away or tied down. Clean out the gutters. During a heavy rain, water can become the enemy if your home is not equipped to handle it.

Security

Choose a couple of lights on both the inside and outside of your home and put them on timers. This will give any would-be thieves the impression that your home is indeed alive with activity. Stop your mail or have it redirected. Same goes for your newspapers. Nothing says, “I’m on the beach” like a pile of wet newspapers scattered around the front door. Ask a neighbor to care for any packages that may arrive while you are away. Have someone check on your property regularly. These visits will give you piece of mind in knowing that everything is as you left it. Having outdoor lights on a motion sensor will further secure your property. Never leave valuables in a vacant home. Whatever you don’t take with you should be locked up in a safety deposit box. Park any expensive vehicles such as cars and boats away or off site. You may even have a neighbor move around a vehicle in the driveway to give that lived-in look you want for your home while you’re not, in fact living there. Finally, notify police that your home will be vacant.

All of these precautions will not only save you money while you’re away. Snowbirds will get more enjoyment from their time down south with the knowledge that they have secured their home. After all, there’s no place like home.

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