Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate | Vicki Millehan

How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

It seems as if we’ve finally put winter behind us, and warmer temperatures are filling up our forecasts with flip-flop weather. Vacation planning Pinterest boards are occupying your free time, which means that a trip away from home is imminent.

Prepping for a vacation is exciting but coming back to a vandalized home could potentially rob you of your sanity and your savings. The U.S. Bureau of Justice has reported that home burglaries are highest during the summer. Below are a few tips to help you protect your home this vacation season:

  1. Keep a Lived-In Look: A big clue to burglars that nobody is at home is an unkempt lawn. Mow it before you leave or hire a lawn care company to take care of it while you are away.
  2. Close and Lock Your Windows and Doors: Don’t forget the ones on the upper floors as well as doors to outdoor sheds.
  3. Pack in Private: Would-be thieves will take note of the suitcases, bikes, and boogie boards that you’re stuffing in your car. Pack your car in your garage or out of plain sight.
  4. Stay off of Social Media: It’s tempting to brag to your followers about your relaxing getaway but refrain from status updates while you’re on vacation. When you advertise that you’re away from your home, you’re inviting burglars to your vacant house.

Source: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation, Trulia.com

Business Expo Moves Indoors

The 15th Annual SML Business Expo is moving from its previous location in Downtown Moneta to the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, where over 100 businesses will set up booths to showcase their products and services.

Moving the event indoors will eliminate one of the biggest factors in the event’s success: weather. Scheduled for Friday, May 4th from 11am-4pm, this free event will allow attendants to enjoy the expo without fear of torrential downpours or unseasonably cold temperatures.

For more information on this event, go to www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com.

How to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage

Powerful winds can do a great deal of damage to your home if you’re not prepared. As we teeter between the final days of winter and the emergence of spring, we’re likely to see more wind storms in our forecasts. And since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, taking the time to windproof your home will save you time, money, and headaches in the future.

Secure Your Outdoor Furnishings: Having to replace seat cushions is a minor inconvenience but having your lawn furniture flying off your porch and into the side of your car is far worse. If we’re headed for windy weather, bring your lawn furniture inside. If you have a basketball goal that isn’t cemented into the ground, ask for help in laying it flat so that the wind doesn’t cause it to come crashing down.

Check Your Doors and Windows: If a windstorm is eminent, then consider covering your windows and storm doors to prevent the glass from breaking. Be mindful of French doors and sliding glass doors, as strong winds can hurl projectiles directly into them. Don’t forget about your garage door; high winds can rip a garage door completely off the structure.

Keep an Eye on Your Trees: If you have trees on your property, ask yourself what might happen if they fell toward your home. Are you in the clear, or would a tree crash into your living room? If you have trees too close to your home, consider having them removed.

Replace Damaged Siding and Roofing: Strong winds can pull siding panels off of your home, leaving you with damaged siding edges. Make sure you fasten any loose panels and replace damaged ones when necessary. Check your roof for missing shingles. Missing shingles leave your roof exposed to the elements, which could create an emergency repair issue. Contact a professional roofing company to replace missing shingles.

Source: 6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage, AngiesList.com