C'mon People, Stop Posting Vacation Plans On Facebook

Reblogger Bill Jones
Real Estate Agent with Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones"

This is great advice from Dan and Amy Schuman, I have seen these common sense things not adhered to over and over again.  Seems the Facebook crowd just doesn't  to get it.  Pleae folks pay close attention to what the Schuma's have to say in this post.



Original content by Dan and Amy Schuman

C'mon People, Stop Posting Vacation Plans On Facebook

Is your vacant home safe while on vacation?


After recently watching the movie "Home Alone" with my kids, we were reminded that the holidays are the most popular time for break-ins. Although this movie obviously had a funny theme, the dangers of leaving your home unattended are all too real.

Over the last few days, I've seen a ton of posts from my "friends" about their upcoming vacations. Things like: "2 days to Florida...can't wait", "Entire family headed to the airport---1 week of fun in the sun".  

Remember, your posts are not as private as you think and telling the whole world that your home will be empty is an invitation for trouble.  In the spirit of security, we wanted to share a few tips to make sure your home is safe and secure this holiday season.


1.     Make Sure All Doors and Windows Are Locked. - Yes, I realize this is pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people rush out the door without checking every single entrance to their home. Some locks stick, especially in older homes, so be sure to check everything before leaving.

2.     Cancel Your Newspaper. - Nothing screams vacant home better than newspapers piling up in your driveway.

3.     Keep Lights On With A Timer. - My grandparents always used timers and I thought they were silly, but actually make a lot of sense if your home is empty.

4.     Tell Your Neighbors. - Let your neighbors ( provided that you like and trust them of course ) know of your plans so they can be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

5.     Have A Friend Check On Your Home- Having someone stop by to make sure things are ok is a smart idea.  I actually have a friend who has someone pull into and out of his garage when there is a snowfall, so that anyone driving by will see the new tracks, giving the appearance that someone is home. A little paranoid perhaps, but not a bad idea.  

Oh, and a another suggestion, please don't post while you are actually on vacation, because this is just as bad. Share the pictures of you on the beach after you get home.

Enjoy your vacation, just be smart.



About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman live on the East side of Cleveland and specialize in Cleveland Luxury Homes, working with buyers relocating to Cleveland, and first-time buyers.

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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
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Bill, thank you for the re-blog. Hope you have a safe and healthy holiday.

Dec 20, 2010 05:06 PM #1
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Bill - vavation - you get vacations .....

At this beautiful season let us all remember that the greatest gift of all is love. May you have a loving Christmas, surrounded by family and friends.

From our House to Yours
We wish You all the Blessings of Christmas
A Super New Year

Dec 22, 2010 02:09 AM #2
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