Keep your second home or vacation rental safe: • Avoid using extension cords - Extension cords are a temporary solution to a lack of accessible outlets. Install enough outlets in your home to service your electrical needs. If you must use an extension cord ensure it is rated to handle the wattage of the device with which it will be used, and has a polarized or 3-pronged plug .
• Perform an electrical cord check-up - Check cords running from appliances. Replace any
You may choose to rent out your vacation home when you're away. With websites like Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) it’s easier than ever. You can boost your security from the start with these tips: Secure your valuables. Lock up your personal items in a closet or safe. Use home security apps to set alerts if your off-limit areas are accessed Set clear rules for guests, explaining expectations and consequences (security deposits, fees) Document the condition of you
A dark house at night for days on end is a sure signal that you are away. You also don’t want to just leave a light on the whole time - which can also be a tip-off. Invest in a good timer that will turn lights on and off and different times, and also plug in TVs or radios that will create noise and flickering associated with someone being there. Also - call us at COAST HOME WATCH of StA - we can help with all of your needs while you are out of town or for your second home! #s
If you have a spare key hidden somewhere outside your home, maybe under a mat or flower pot, or in your mailbox - remove them now and stow them away. If you thought of these hiding places a thief already has thought of them too, and if they know you're away, they’ll have time to search all the usual hiding spots. Invest is a secure key lock box and CALL COAST HOME WATCH of StA - for a reasonable price we can give you peace of mind and help with your needs for your second hom