So, you’ve decided to take advantage of rising prices to sell off your investment properties. Or, your kids have moved out and you need to downsize your real estate in Lake Havasu. Perhaps, you’ve got a baby on the way (congratulations!) and you need to find a larger home for your expanding family. Whatever the scenario, you’ve decided to put your property on the Havasu real estate market. Opening your home to the public for potential buyers to peruse may also invite some unwelcome guests…burglars. Keep your home safe while it’s up for sale by utilizing these helpful safety tips.
How to Keep Your Home Safe While It’s on the Havasu Real Estate Market
Security/Flood/Smart Light System
Burglars love to operate in the dark. It makes it harder to be spotted by nosy neighbors. So, lighting tends to be a homeowner’s best friend. Install high-powered floodlights/security lights on the exterior of your real estate in Lake Havasu. Hook them up to your interior smart home lighting system. Some smart home security systems also allow you to connect your exterior lights to it, providing another layer of security. Set up an interior smart lighting system such as Lutron, Leviton or Phillips Hue. These can be controlled via an app on your phone. Schedule different lights to go off and on at different times in various rooms around your house while you’re gone. Burglars are less likely to try to gain entrance if it appears that someone is home. Switching up the times and locations of lights inside your Havasu home makes it appear that the property is occupied.
Before you place your house on the Havasu real estate market, consider installing a smart home security system with cameras mounted outside. Unlike security cameras of the past that looked like you were housing prisoners inside, today’s security systems use much smaller, less intimidating cameras. Many systems include a motion-sensor option which starts recording only when movement is detected. If you have your floodlights go off when your camera detects movement, the combination may be just enough to scare off a burglar before they even reach the door or window. Set cameras up high enough to be out of reach. Add them to the sides and back of your real estate in Lake Havasu as well so that all areas of your property are covered. If the property you’re selling is vacant, you may want to sign up for a security monitoring service to keep an eye on your property.
Finally, buyers want to see inside of your property. Whether that’s via an open house or private showing, the end result is strangers coming inside and investigating every square inch of your real estate in Lake Havasu. Before these happen, make sure any valuables, medication, financial papers or personal items are stored away in a secure location (lockbox, floor safe, the trunk of your car). Remove access to valuables and you remove the temptation and opportunity for someone to steal.
Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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