Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018

Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018

Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018

The holidays are tons of fun but, they’re also very busy. When the days are filled with shopping and festivities on top of our normal obligations it’s easy to overlook the little details.

Holiday Home Safety Tips

Packages being stolen from homes seems to be at an all-time high. If you’re gone at work all day make arrangements to keep what you purchase safe. Even if it means an extra stop on the way home from work to pick them up from the shipping carrier it’s worth it. Security cameras and doorbells help but, even then they don’t deter some brazen thieves.

Holiday Home Safety Tips


Travel is getting ready to kick back into high gear and protecting your home while you’re away should be on your mind. Have a plan in place with a checklist to go through before you leave. If you’re someone who has lights that can be controlled by your phone you’re ahead of the game! They’re a great security feature. If you’re like the majority who do not, don’t let your house sit dark every night. Leaving just one light on a timer isn’t enough. Thieves watch and they’ll quickly be able to tell it’s the same light every night at the same time. Use different lights on different timers but, make sure it’s not one that allows anyone to see into your home. Better yet, ask a neighbor or a friend to pop in and out a couple times, not just to pick up your mail or clear packages from the door but, to actually come and go.


Holiday Home Safety Tips

Social media…you’re probably reading this and thinking duh Amanda we all know not to post travel details on social media and I’m sure you do but, the fact is I see SO many people posting their exact travel plans and often with comments saying when they will return home. If you have someone house sitting for you or maybe you watch your security cameras from your phone 24/7 then that’s a different story but, if you don’t have a way to keep a constant eye on your home don’t advertise to the world that you’re away and especially don’t advertise how long you’ll be gone. As bad as it sounds (and it is) not everyone you’re friends with or who follows you has good intentions. Don’t offer any temptation to come to your home and break in. Save those Instagram worthy pictures for when you return home.


Holiday Home Safety Tips

Lastly, be mindful of your holiday trash. It’s another way you can advertise to thieves and give them the extra nudge they need to want to break into your home. If expensive or popular gifts have been exchanged at your home don’t just toss the boxes on the curb for the world to see. If you need to, make time to take a trip to the dump and directly dispose of or recycle them. At the very least disguise them in black trash bags that have been tied up to avoid anyone simply being able to casually drive by and see what could be inside your home.

Most importantly set aside a little time to think of what needs to happen to keep your holiday and your home safe!

 

Holiday Home Safety Tips 2018

 

 

 

 

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

 

 

      

 

Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

5680 King Centre Drive #600
Alexandria, VA 22315

Cell: 703.431.3755
Fax: 703.562.7057




Comment balloon 36 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • December 19 2018 03:06PM

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Thank you for offering your safety tips for the holidays - and good advice to remind holiday travelers to withhold sharing publicly that they are away. 

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com (Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty) about 1 month ago

Amanda, Thank you for the information. Great Blog! Keep up the great work. Google loves blogs with good, original content.

Posted by Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate, The Best Real Estate School in Florida (The Climer School of Real Estate) about 1 month ago

This blog is full of great tips for us to help protect our safety during the holidays or any other day. I will never understand why people post where they will be and what time etc. on their social networks.... it just invites those criminals.

Love the pooch photo.... happy holidays.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) about 1 month ago

Amanda, Great infographic on Holiday home safety tips. Yes, everyone is busy this time of the year, but they shouldn't forget taking these steps. Your puupy is adorable!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 1 month ago

Such common sense tips, Amanda... and yet so many people ignore many of them to their detriment! Great post and infographic.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 1 month ago

Good afternoon Amanda - you have covered important points here.  I am sure we are guilty of forgeting some from time to time.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 month ago

Amanda,

These are common sense tips.  We all know however, that common sense is no longer common...Thank you for posting these and reminding everyone.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 month ago

Thanks for the great safety tips, Amanda.  I hope everyone keeps these in mind for the holiday season.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 1 month ago

Speaking of packages being stolen, did you see the video of the guy that built the glitter bomb and the thieves reactions to opening it?  Too funny.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 month ago

Thank you very much for sharing your Holiday Home Safety Tips.

I will schedule a Saturday afternoon reblog.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

Amanda, GREAT post, and a reminder there are those watching for us to slip up, and take advantage this time of year! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 1 month ago

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) about 1 month ago

Fantastic tips, my friend! Love your pictures as well - so inviting and warm!

And, your infographic is beautiful - great job!

Happy Friday...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

Great tips Amanda! I agree with you on everything, especially on Social Media. Privacy is everything, and security is our highest priority. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay (Golden Gate Sotheby's International) about 1 month ago

Lights on and walks shoveled or.....everyone knows who is not at home.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 1 month ago

Good evening Amanda S. Davidson ,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! Important tips to follow and I hope everyone keeps these in mind for the holiday season, especially the social media tips!!! 

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 1 month ago

Amanda awesome advice, it reminded me when we went to visit our friends in Dublin Ireland 20+ years ago and we brought a Tiffany Lamp as a gift... he made sure that he dropped the box four streets from his house so burglars do not get ideas:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 month ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS thank you! I hope you have a great weekend. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 30 days ago

Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070 happy holidays!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 30 days ago

Hello Amanda, Thanks for a great blog that more people should be seeing here.  Santa is going to be so Good to you, I told him you are a good girl.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 30 days ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson so very true! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 30 days ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I hope so too! It's important to protect our homes if we'll be away. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 30 days ago

Endre Barath, Jr. I like his style! Tiffany Lamps are a favorite of mine, what a beautiful gift to give your friend.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 30 days ago

Will Hamm thank you! Haha I try to be :) I hope you have a great weekend. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 30 days ago

This is an absolutely great post. It is very organized and well stated. I also love the pictures. I would keep this one and repost it every year, if it were my blog!o

Posted by Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna) 30 days ago

You have shared awesome details. I want to stress the fact that attempts of online fraud and scams are much higher during holidays. Fake UPS and FedEx e-mails are the most common attempts to infect personal computers with viruses and trojans which will steal personal and business data and then ask to pay in bitcoins. So, be careful before you click random links & enjoy the holidays.

Posted by Parminder Singh, LI REALTOR (Licensed Real Estate Agent) (Douglas Elliman) 29 days ago

Those are great tips that can benefit anyone and everyone!  I especially like your tip of disguising your trash.  I've been wanting to put my front porch light on a timer for a while now.  You've given me that idea to add to my 2019 list!  

Merry Christmas! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 28 days ago

Anne Corbin thank you so much for your kind comment. Have a wonderful holiday!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 28 days ago

Parminder Singh thank you for your comment, that's very true and excellent advice!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 28 days ago

Jan Green Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 28 days ago

Thank you Amanda - you too!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 28 days ago

congratulations on a well deserved feature - I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 24 days ago

Great post and great advice!

Hope you had a great Christmas and I wish you an amazing 2019!

Posted by Anthony Kirlew, Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) 21 days ago

Anthony Kirlew thank you! Happy New Year!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 21 days ago

These are all great tips Amanda S. Davidson ! Congratulations on the well deserved gold star for this post.  Lots of good info that can be used all year long.

That snow covered house reminds me of the movie "Home Alone".  My husband just invested in an app for our outdoor lights and I think we will look into an app for some indoor lighting. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 21 days ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® that's one of my favorite movies. It always makes me giggle. I need to look into an app for our outdoor lights. Thank you for always being so supportive.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 21 days ago

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