Florida Panhandle Real Estate Law Firm Focuses on Season Use Property Protection
Pensacola Real Estate Lawyer Advises Homeowners to Protect Seasonal Use Property
The state of Florida sees an annual influx in seasonal homeowners returning from October to early December, but regardless of when homeowners arrive, their trip will have been even more costly if they failed to prepare their property adequately and come home to a break-in. Burglars see short or long vacations as an opportunity to target empty homes.
There are a variety of preventive measures that Floridians can use to keep seasonal use property safe, including:
- Dead-bolt window and door locks can make it seem time consuming and not worthwhile to break into your home.
- A burglar alarm that rings at an outside service will alert the police, fire department, and other emergency services.
- Strong outside doors and frames made of metal or strong hardwood that are at least 1 ¾ inches thick will help deter burglars.
- Computers should be shut down and disconnected from the Internet to make them more difficult to access.
- Valuables should be locked up and well hidden, and copies of important documents should be kept at another location. Expensive jewelry should be taken with you or hidden somewhere other than in the bedroom.
- The exterior of your home should be well lit and indoor lights should be put on a timer so that they will go on and off at appropriate times.
- The house should look inhabited, with blinds or curtains left open at their usual positions.
- The mail should be forwarded or held by the post office so it won’t pile up at the front door – an obvious sign of an empty home.
Contact an Experienced Florida Panhandle Real Estate Attorney Today
If you have questions about seasonal use property protection, Florida Panhandle Attorney Nishad Khan P.L. has assisted clients with a wide variety of Florida real estate matters for more than a decade. Contact our firm online or call (850) 500-3030 to schedule your free initial consultation today.