How To Prepare For Your First Trip Away After Moving In To A New House

Dated: June 21 2018

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You’ve found the perfect new home and finally unpacked and settled in. But now it’s summer, which means you have trips planned that will take you out of town for a few days. If you are still new to the area, here are a couple tips to keep in mind to give you peace of mind when you leave your house unattended.


Have a neighbor who can be your eyes and ears

Maybe don’t go around announcing to the entire neighborhood that you’ll be out of town, but spend some time meeting a few of your neighbors. When you are getting ready to leave, consider giving one of them your contact information and ask if they can keep an eye on your house. Knowing someone can easily see and inform your of any issues can go a long way in relieving your anxiety.


Get a watering stake for your indoor plants

When you’re new to the area, chances are you aren’t quite ready to hire a neighborhood kid to come into your house to water your plants while you’re gone. Set your plans up with watering stakes so your plants can stay hydrated, especially if i is suppose to be particularly hot while you’re out.


Have a plan for your yard

If you have a yard or outdoor plants that will need watered while you are away, make sure you plan ahead. Consider hiring a neighbor or local landscaping company or installing automatic sprinklers. The last thing you want to come home to is a dead yard.


Make sure everything is put away

Before you leave, treat your yard as if a storm is coming. Pull in any toys or yard accessories that could blow away, make sure yard furniture is secure, pull vehicles into the garage, etc. This way if a storm does hit while you’re out of town, your house is already prepared.


Keep your house looking occupied

Take simple measure to make it look like there is activity at your house to deter theft. Actions such as putting your mail on hold so it doesn’t pile up, having your yard pruned, or keeping a light on can help with this. If you don’t want to leave a light on the entire time you’re gone, consider putting a few of your lights on a timer so they come on periodically.


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Mark Ross

For Mark Ross, founder of Ross NW Real Estate and professional real estate broker, real estate has always been the career of choice. During his 25+ years in the industry, Mark has gained experience in....

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