Home Security - Checklist for Unoccupied Homes

This is a check list you should follow if you plan to leave your home unoccupied for any length of time. Home security is very important to everyone. Not only do you risk losing your value able possessions, many people feel that their personal space has been violated if their home has been broken into. Protect your home by following a few common sense steps, increase your security and avoid leaving your home as an inviting place to visit by burglars. While it it is not all inclusive, it is a good start and you can add your own personal items to this list or check with local companies for additional security items to be aware of to keep your home secure.

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  • Check with your insurance company before leaving your home vacant
  • Make arrangements for someone to visit the home regularly
  • Your insurance company may want daily visits
  • Arrange for snow clearing and summer maintenance services
    Turn off the main water intake to avoid frozen pipes in the winter if the furnace does not run
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  • Install timers to make the house appear to be lived in
  • Turn off your water heater to save energy and to avoid it boiling dry if you turn off the water
  • Turn off all outside water taps
  • Turn off the main water valve in your home
  • Run the water once a month, flush Toilets to avoid toilets running dry from evaporation

    A company providing property management or home sitting services can arrange to provide some or all of these services for you. They can also phone or send an email to let you know that all is well at your home. Click here for Ottawa Home Sitters

  • Turn off all taps to things such as dishwashers and clothes washers
  • Disconnect all electronic items (Note: only unplug the refrigerator if it is empty)
  • Advise your alarm company of your absence and provide a contact to call in an emergency
  • Advise neighbors and close friends of your absence
  • Arrange for Snow clearance in the winter
  • Arrange for yard maintenance in the growing seasons
  • Arrange for plant watering inside and out
  • Arrange for pool or hot tub maintenance if required
  • Provide an itinerary with phone numbers to neighbors or a house sitter to contact you with
  • Provide Insurance and any other emergency numbers to the person managing your home
  • Call Insurance company to confirm how often house must be checked inside to maintain insurance coverage.
  • Arrange with professional house sitter to watch over your house
  • Arrange to stop newspaper delivery
  • Arrange for mail pickup

Please feel free to email us with additional items at Email: contact@GCCIhome.com We will be pleased to add your items to our list.


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