Keeping one’s UK investment property safe, a residential one most especially, is undoubtedly one of the most vital tasks any owner or investor is bound to undertake. After all, there’s more to the assets that has to be safeguarded. Keep in mind that it’s where you and your family live. Don’t you want to be able to sleep comfortably and securely at night? Sure you do and we’ve got the perfect tips to help you accomplish such feat. Take a look.
- Make it look lived in. – This is a tip that we’re aiming at for people who are planning to go on a long trip thereby leaving the place empty for a few days or more. Not everyone can afford a home sitter. It’s not very practical pocket-wise and you simply cannot expect relatives or friends to do it for you. How do you ensure that your place doesn’t get targeted by lawlessness? Make it appear that someone’s home. For instance, invest in a timer radio that goes on and off at particular times of the day. Keep some lights open. A home that’s completely blacked-out will seem empty. Ask someone to collect mail and parcels from your doorstep.
- Be wary of strangers. – We’ve been told time and again that we shouldn’t talk to strangers. Although that tip isn’t applicable in all cases, it is however a must to never let any stranger in your home. Be cautious at all times. Be inquisitive and keep your guards up.
- Create some noise. – Sound is a very helpful tool when keeping one’s place safe. Alarms for instance are very useful for obvious reasons. A few other tricks that you might want to do would be to use particular driveway and pathway floors. Gravel and pebbles make just enough noise when someone’s passing through without being too bothering. Concrete is very quiet which makes it easier for, say burglars, to pass through unnoticed.
- Keep your keys. – Never leave them around unguarded. Most especially, avoid leaving them latched to your doorknobs and locks. Designate a place where you’d keep all of them to make it easy to detect if something’s missing. At the same time, don’t store them in areas where people can easily snatch them like windows and doors. When moving into a new place, make sure to switch up and update all the locks to be sure.
As they say, a secure UK investment property is a happy home. Stay safe!