Home Security Checklist
In our anticipation to embark on a new adventure, it can be easy to overlook the security of our homes while we are away. To secure your piece of real estate in the Philippines, consider these simple steps:
- Ask for help: Consider enlisting the aid of a close friend or trusted neighbor to look after your home while you’re away. Not only can they keep an eye out for any suspicious activity, but keeping any flyers or newspapers clear from your patio will make a big difference.
- If you’re planning on being away for more than a few days, try to have someone maintain your lawn and move the trash bins when it’s time to do so. If you’re taking a vacation during the cold winter months, have a friend check all the taps to prevent frozen pipes.
- Don’t announce your plans on social media. We can’t always be certain who is going to see what we post online, so it’s best to refrain from mentioning that you’ll be leaving your house empty for a given time.
- Purchase a light switch timer. Leaving the lights on will not only burn up your electric bill, but will make it clear that nobody’s home if these are never turned off. Invest in a timer to turn the lights on and off at specific times each day. Timers can be used for radios or televisions, as well.
- Do some cleaning outdoors. Mow the lawn and do any trimming that needs to be done. Clear away any yard toys or gardening equipment. If you keep a key hidden anywhere on your property, bring it inside. Ensure that your home looks taken care of and that burglars don’t have an easy way in.
- Adjust all the blinds and curtains. While you don’t want to give anyone a clear view into your home, you still want to create the illusion that someone is in the house. Have a look from the street and make sure that no valuables can be seen from outside.
- Examine the locks on all the doors and windows. Be sure that all are locked up and secure. For sliding glass doors, place a wooden or metal rod in the track for some added security. If your house has a doggie door, be sure to secure that, too.
- Consider having a home security system installed if you haven’t already done so. Keep it updated with your current contact information, and if you’re having someone look after your place, be sure it’s updated with their information. Most importantly, don’t forget to set the alarm on your way out the door!
Condominium units are easier to secure since 24/7 security is usually offered in the package. Guests are also subjected to identification and a security check-up before they can be allowed to enter the condominium. For frequent travelers who don’t have time securing their residence, Zipmatch has a great selection of condos for sale or for rent.