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Summer is here! And that means time for summer vacation! Before you head off on an adventure, here are some great tips to help keep your home safe and secure while you're away. While it can be tempting to imagine the movie 'Home Alone', and think about just how silly and hilarious burglars are, the truth is that there are people around who are determined to steal from a home.

Keep Your Home Protected While You Are Away

If it is your home that looks the most appealing, both in value and in the level of security, then your home will become their next target. Instead of leaving the security and wellbeing of your home while you are away on vacation, Buffalo Builders has some easy to follow tips that can help.

Don't Speak With the World

The worst thing that you can do is take a selfie of you and your family as you all leave the drive and head off for an adventure. While it tells your friends that you are about to embark on an exciting adventure, it also tells burglars that your home is free and vacant. Instead of posting constant updates about your location, take the time to turn off your phone and enjoy the summer break!

Speak With Your Neighbors or Family

If you have a good relationship with your neighbors then consider letting them know of your plans, and potentially leave them with a spare key. If you are uncomfortable with this idea, consider a family member. Whoever it is, be sure you have one person who you trust that can access your home should you need it. The primary reason for giving someone a key to your home is to periodically check on your place to make sure everything is working and there aren't any issues, such as a water leak. If you are unlucky enough to return home to find a water leak, the first step is to call a professional. Speak with Buffalo Builders by calling 866 801 8100 straight away (available 24 hours a day) to request immediate assistance providing water damage restoration in Colorado Springs, CO.

Keep Your Home Maintained

Small chores like mowing the lawn or taking the trash in and out are some of the best ways to let passersby know that somebody is at the house. If you regularly maintain your lawn, remember to arrange for somebody to continue the task while you're away. Similarly, having somebody take your trash cans out and then bring them back in each time (even if they're empty) can help to send a message to burglars that the property has residents staying. In addition, speak with your local mail provider about holding or redirection your mail while you are away.

Remove Your Valuables

The safe that you have hidden in your closet is likely to be a great place to store your personal items and valuables. However, it works so well because you are regularly there to check its contents. Without you there, a burglar has nothing but time to sit and work out how to get into your secure storage. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to remove any and all items in your safe, store them offsite in a secure location and leave the safe door open. On the chance that a burglar does enter your home looking for valuables, showing them an empty safe is a good way to help them lose interest in continuing to search. In other words, an empty and open safe tells a burglar that you have already prepared for their arrival, and that they can expect to find nothing valuable in your home.

Lock It Up!

You wouldn't believe the number of people who leave their home unlocked while they leave for a vacation. Of course, the primary reason wasn't to allow burglars in; simply that they forgot in their excited rush to leave. A week before you leave, walk through your home and make a list of any and all keys and locks you see. Don't restrict yourself to doors; check out any windows and openings that also have locks. Once you have this list, tick the items off the morning before you leave so that you can make sure you don't forget to lock anything and give burglars easy access to your home.

Water Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs, CO

Too many homeowners return home to find that their property has been broken into. More than this, burglars can also leave taps and power running to add insult to injury. If you have returned home to find that water has damaged your property, call a professional immediately before entering a potentially dangerous house. Buffalo Builders can be contacted 24 hours a day by calling 866 801 8100 and can provide thorough damage assessment and a water damage restoration plan to get your property back on track.