Going On Holiday Whilst Your House is on the Market: A Safety Guide

If there is one thing the seemingly endless month of January taught us, we all need a holiday away from the cold weather. The Spring season – with impending half-term holidays coming up – has seen many people book quick getaways to sunnier climates.

However, if you currently have your home on the housing market to attract people looking to buy property in Stockport, you may feel uneasy about leaving it vulnerable whilst taking a well-deserved break. Have no fear, the Joules Estate Agents Stockport team is here to help ease your mind with some advice to make you feel more comfortable being away from home whilst it is on the market.

Safe Home Whilst Away

Unfortunately, whether you are moving house or not, a holiday will bring worry about keeping your home and possessions safe from potential burglars or vandals. Unfortunately, sometimes homeowners do not help the situation by being unprepared.

According to insurance company Aviva, two-fifths of people going on holiday fail to check their doors and windows before leaving for the airport. That is an open invitation for any burglar in the area to access your property. Before you get in any taxi to start your trip, fully check all windows, doors, garages, and outbuildings to ensure they are locked – and remove all keys and store them safely or give them to a trusted party.

Don’t Advertise

We know it is exciting to be going on holiday and letting everyone know about it, but putting those holiday countdown trackers and holiday photos on your social media pages is like a walking billboard that your home is accessible with no risk of anyone being at home.

As secure as you feel your social media pages are, not everyone who can see your posts will have the same levels of security – and one unwanted party accessing a friend’s account will give all the information they need that your property is currently unoccupied. It is an eye-opening thought, isn’t it?

Save your snaps until you get back, and feel more secure by having a trusted neighbour move your post and maybe turn on some lights in the evening to dissuade anyone from thinking you may be away.

Don’t Fuel the Thought You Are Away

Take some extra measures to ensure your home looks occupied for the time you are away. That can be doing some gardening and cutting your grass before you leave and asking friends or neighbours to park their cars in your driveway.

If you have external security lights and cameras, make sure they are in full working order before leaving. That will put off most burglars and will at least give you an alert through mobile technology if someone is on your property.

Don’t fret about how to sell a house with a holiday on the cards. Contact the team at Joules estate agents Stockport and have peace of mind that your home is in safe hands.