Protect Your Home at Christmas

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Before you settle down to enjoy this festive season, consider how best your can protect your home.

For most, it's the time of year for giving...

For some though, it's a time of opportunity and this can spell disaster for anyone of the receiving end of their not-so-festive choices. And unfortunately not all of us have a friendly little bear from Peru, who will mistake burglars for Santa and convince them to change their ways. So how can you protect your home this Christmas?

Consider parcel deliveries.

Most (if not all) of us now do at least some Chrismas shopping online. And if you're home to accept all impending deliveries, then this can be a fool-proof way of easing the gift-buying. However if you're not at home all the time, then consider how your parcels will be delivered. Ask a neighbour if they are happy to take parcels in when you're not home and specify this on your order. "Safe places" are also an option when you know yourself that your parcel will be truly safe but it's also worth noting that not all drivers will pay attention to these. Alternatively you could consider having parcels delivered to your workplace (just check with your employer first) or to a parcel drop-off point where you can collect it for yourself.

Avoid putting gifts on show.

It can be tempting to put all your gifts under the tree to amp up the excitement for the big day but unless you are going to be at home, it is worthwhile avoiding this, as it can be too much temptation for those on the look-out for homes to target. It's also a good idea to be careful about how you dispose of packaging, as another way homes can be targetted is by checking the bins for clues to what can be found inside.

Don't let your property appear to be unoccupied.

Set a timer for lights around the property at different times, particularly now the nights are longer. You may even want to consider investing in some smart lighting for your home so you can maintain some control whilst you aren't home (by being able to operate your lighting from your smartphone) and a create degree of uncertainty for anyone that may be watching your property.

Avoid posting on social media.

If you are planning a trip away over Christmas or will be leaving your house empty for festive nights out, avoid posting about this on social media - at least until you are back home. The sad fact is that posting about the fun you're having on Facebook lets people know you are not at home and that your property is likely to be sitting unoccupied.

Ensure your home insurance is up to date.

Although there's no such thing as extra cover over Christmas, many insurers make allowances for over the festive period, so it's well worth having some cover in place, not just now but all year round. And if you haven't checked your cover in a while, why not take a glance over it now and make sure you're still getting the best deal for your home? The last thing you want is to be out of pocket should the worst happen.

 


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At Cameron Stephen & Co. solicitors and estate agents in Edinburgh, we love property. Whether you are buying, selling or simply looking for tips on making the most of your home, we're here to help.

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Amy Lorimer
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