6 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE WHILE AWAY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

CHECK THE LOCKS

A few weeks before you leave, inspect the locks on all of your windows and doors. Make sure deadbolts slide into place, window locks aren’t easy to pry open, and sliding glass doors have security bar in place. If anything doesn’t work or is missing, repair it.

STOP YOUR MAIL

As soon as you know when you’ll be traveling, fill out the United States Postal Service’s online form to stop your mail. It is a surefire sign you’re away from home.

DON’T STAND OUT

While closing your curtains may seem like the obvious choice, it can backfire. Instead, leave a curtain or two open like you normally would, and move your stuff out of view. And if your’re traveling during the holidays, don’t leave presents under the tree in plain slight. Ask a neighbor to pick up any packages left at your door.

MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE AT HOME

Affordable automatic timers can make it seem like someone is home while you’re away. Add timers to lamps in different rooms and stagger the on/off times. Hooking timers up to a TV or Radio can also make it seem like someone’s home.

BEEF UP SECURITY

There are some inexpensive, temporary solutions you can use while you’re on vacation. Wireless alarms and sensors an be attached to doors and windows. If you want an even cheaper option, buy a set of window decals and yard signs from an alarm company. Even if you don’t actually have an alarm, thieves might not bother to test it.

 

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2 TRICKS FOR FLIPPERS TO SELL QUICKLY

Create an Open Floor Plan
One idea that works well when flipping is to create an open floor plan. Older homes that likely need more renovations may have a closed-off floor plan. This can make the home look smaller than it is, and can create a claustrophobic ambiance that may turn off some buyers. Depending on the home that you invest in, creating an open floor plan may be as simple as tearing down the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room.

For added emphasis, you can also tear down any dividing walls between living spaces and the dining room. While you’re not adding square footage through this process, an open floor plan feels bigger to a buyer and may be more appealing. In many cases, this is a cost-effective way to generate incredible results.

Add Natural Light
To transform the space of your investment home, analyze the natural light. Some older homes were built with minimal or small windows, which result in a dark and gloomy interior that is not welcoming or appealing to buyers. Consider enlarging existing windows to bring in more natural light.

You can also add a few windows or a skylight in the bathroom, kitchen or other rooms that are commonly dark. When you incorporate natural sunlight into a room, you transform the space by making it feel more inviting.

 

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