HOME ALONE – OUR TOP TIPS FOR FLEDGLING HOME OWNERS ON THEIR OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME
As a real estate agency we deal with people striking out and going it alone for the first time, for a number of reasons.
Sometimes they are young people, flying the nest and cutting the apron strings. Other times they are older people who have lived with a partner for years and are just finding themselves alone for the first time – either because of a relationship breakdown or bereavement.
The reasons are many and varied, happy and sad. The ages range from 18 to 89, but all these solo homeowners have one thing in common:
They have to get used to living on their own and as we find out, it can be a liberating time for many and does not need to be lonely. However, we wish all our home owners and tenants to be safe in their home.
We strongly advise that all homeowners get outside lights, porch lamps and garden LEDs. Whatever it takes to light the path to your door!
A well-lit door and home is far less likely to be burgled. However, this doesn’t just mean leaving the lights on all the time. Any potential intruder watching your home will get wise to this. You need to make sure they are turned on and off regularly.
If you go away, be sure to use a timer switch to make sure the lights can come on and off.
If you’ve just moved in, you want to be sure that you have all new locks and that they work properly!
We check all the window locks and other exterior security locks on all our properties before we sell.
Make sure you lock them! Don’t go out and leave the window unsecured. Or worse still open! Most thieves are opportunists and an opened window or door is an open invitation.
Think about your social media accounts and how you use them. Be wary of advertising your marital status.
Also don’t tell people when you are going to be out, let alone on holiday.
Google Earth has been seen by some as a Godsend to potential burglars because it shows your property in full detail – but if you want to you can opt out of it.
Finally, we wish all our single home owners a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.