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7 Tips For Securing Your Home When You Travel

For a lot of people, a winter vacation is just what the doctor ordered. Have you thought about securing your home when you travel? How can you make sure your home is secure while you’re away for a couple of weeks enjoying the sun?

Securing Your Home

  1. Mail hold. Contact the post office and ask them to hold your mail while you’re away. Mail won’t pile up in your home mailbox, reducing the risk that burglars can easily discover their next target. The cost is minimal but the peace of mind is priceless.
  2. Snow removal. Hire a gardening company or snow removal service. Depending on where you live, you might want to consider hiring someone to either mow the lawn or clear the snow from your sidewalks and driveways while you’re away.
  3. Light timers. Buy some timers to turn on your lights at random times. This gives the appearance that someone is home and lowers the risk of someone trying to break in.
  4. Parking vehicles. Have a neighbor park their car on your driveway so the home doesn’t look empty, especially if you’re taking your car with you or leaving it the airport.
  5. Buy a safe. Buy a code-opening safe for your valuables. Locking up your jewellery, trinkets or important papers ensures they’ll still be protected when you’re away. Depending on the size of the safe you purchase, you can tuck it away where it’s not easily seen or found.
  6. Garage door. Disable the electronic garage door opener. Because garage door openers have codes, it’s possible for someone to figure out how to open the door with another remote. By disabling the system, it makes it virtually impossible for someone to gain access using another remote.
  7. Home security system. Install a home security system that you can have monitored, or that you can check yourself on your phone. You’ll be immediately notified if there’s a problem and can deal with it as soon as you become aware of it.

A lot of home insurance policies require someone check on the home every few days, so make sure you know the requirements of your specific policy. Arrange for a friend or neighbor to go in the house every few days just to make sure there are no water leaks or other issues. 

If you are considering a long term holiday and would like to rent out your home, call our in-house Property Management team at (250) 751-1223.

4 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Fall is here and it’ll be cooler before you know it. So what do you need to do to get your home ready for winter? Here are four key things for winterizing your home and to prepare it for the winter season!

Winterizing your home

  1. Make sure the furnace and gas fireplaces are ready to go. The best way to do this is to have a professional company service the units. They’ll replace filters, if necessary, and make sure there are no other obvious problems. If anything is wrong, they can fix it now, before the temperature drops too much. You don’t want to be the one whose furnace gives out on the coldest day of the year!
  1. Clean out the gutters and downspouts when the leaves have finished falling. Plugged up gutters and downspouts cause all sorts of problems if they overflow. Fascia or soffit damage, landscaping erosion, and roof leaks can all be avoided as long as you keep the gutters and downspouts clear. Check them at least twice a year (more if you have a lot of trees) and don’t forget the elbows and joints because these are prime spots for clogs.
  1. Blow out the irrigation/sprinkler system. If you have an underground sprinkler system, you need to blow out the water lines and shut off the water to avoid frozen lines. Pipes can crack or burst when they thaw, which can then damage your home or garden. Pay a professional to do this properly and you’ll be assured you won’t have pipe bursts in the spring.
  1. Make sure you have Ice-Melt, Sand or Salt on hand for the sidewalk and driveway. The sidewalk can get slippery from frost or ice even if it doesn’t snow, so it’s important to be prepared. Sprinkling the sidewalk with one of the noted products only takes a couple of minutes but can save a whole lot of aggravation later. You don’t want someone to slip and fall because you’ve forgotten to take care of this.

In Nanaimo, Bylaw 5000 requires that sidewalks be cleared by the homeowners within 24 hours of the snowfall. For more information, call the City of Nanaimo at (250) 758-222 or go their website at www.Nanaimo.ca, click on Departments and go to Engineering & Public Works. You can follow the links from there.

If you’re looking for your next home before winter arrives, call one of the expert real estate agents at RE/MAX of Nanaimo today at (250) 751-1223.

Technology Advancements In Real Estate

There was a time when real estate agents were the gatekeepers of all property information. Buyers would have to come to their agents with a list of their wants and preferences, and the agents would line up suitable options for them to look at. Let’s take a look at how technology advancements in real estate effect how home buyers look for homes.

Home buyers

These days, most prospective homebuyers do much of their own research online. Not only are they coming to REALTORS® with specific homes in mind but they have often done the research about which areas have the best schools, amenities and lowest crime rates as well. On one hand this sounds like it makes the REALTORS® job easier, but in some ways it does the exact opposite.

The real estate market is highly competitive and for agents to succeed they have to be constantly coming up with new and improved ways to get the attention of prospective homebuyers, by using the internet and social media in particular. The latter is a powerful way to keep existing clients informed and to catch the attention of new ones on a global scale.

Mobile technology for REALTORS®

Mobile technology itself has had a positive impact on the daily life of the average real estate agent. For example, these days with the use of laptops, tablets and even wireless printers, REALTORS® can do much of their work in the field. They are no longer chained to their desk or paper files, which means more time to spend with clients and more time researching and visiting homes for sale in person.

Handheld devices, often cell phones, can be used to take both verbal and text notes while also storing and filing photos of properties and anything else that the buyers would like to see.

There are also software programs developed specifically with REALTORS® in mind. Some will help manage appointments, while other systems provide comprehensive mobile marketing platforms that can be used by the entire team.

Technology advancements in real estate

As you can see, while current technology is adding to the competitive nature of the business, it is also simplifying it. There is more to consider and manage, but it has never been easier to keep in touch and up to date with prospective homebuyers.

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