Sue Hall

"My reputation is your guarantee"

" The best team in Waikato! We were so fortunate to have found Sue and Donna when we moved to Hamilton. They helped us find the right house in the right neighborhood for the right price. Throughout the past several months, Sue and Donna have been there every step of the way. They always answered every call or email no matter..."

- Y Sawaie & M Thainat

"If anyone is looking for an excellent no nonsense Real Estate Agent, then look no further than Sue Hall - She’s the one! Her knowledge of the Real Estate industry is invaluable. Sue always goes that extra mile, willing to meet with you any time of the day or night. Sue sold me my first home in 2010 and since then..."

- Vikki Seaman
More testimonials »

Don't Give Them a Chance!

20th Dec 17

Christmas is the time when most of us take the chunk of our annual leave and head off for a Summer holiday.

But let's be honest, nothing advertises our homes uninhabitated status more than overflowing letterboxes, drawn curtains and a lack of lighting at night.

Burglars are NEVER on holiday - They always have their eyes peeled for the opportunity to make a quick buck, especially at this time of year! 

To help you keep your home and possessions safe while you take a well deserved break, here's the top tips from the NZ Police: 

1.   

Advise your neighbours

Touch base with your neighbours - Let them know when you are going away and when you will be back.  If possible, leave them a contact phone number for you in case they need to contact you about an emergency.

2.   

Clear that clutter

Try to avoid mail building up in your letterbox.  Put any subscriptions you may have (Newspapers, magazines etc) on hold.  The dreaded junk mail can be a problem so if you haven't already, temporarily put up a "No Junk Mail" sign.   

3.

Illuminate the situation

Don't leave your home in darkness during the night.  Plug a lamp into a timer, or a couple of lamps and timers strategically placed around your home, so that anyone keeping an eye on your house thinks that there is somebody home.  Timers are fairly inexpensive theses days and are readily available or if you are lucky enough to have smarthome technology, you may be able to turn your lights and even your irrigation system on remotely.   

4.   

Raise the shades

The NZ Police actually recommend that you leave your curtains open and if you have blinds, they suggest that you leave them open as well.   

5.   

Silence the ringing

A telephone that just keeps ringing and ringing is an alert to all within earshot that nobody is home.  Set the ringtone to silent or change the settings on your answerphone so that any incoming calls go straight to voicemail without ringing at all.  It may also possible for you to have any calls to your home telephone redirected to your mobile while you are away.   

6.   

All secure

It should really go without saying but before embarking on your holiday, make sure that all the doors and windows are locked and secure - Even the windows that are up high and are really small.  Don't leave the windows ajar with security latches, just close and lock them.  This includes all garden sheds, garages, exterior storage boxes etc.  Don't make it easy for a would-be-robber and ensure that anything that could be climbed up on to gain access (Ladders, chairs, large planter pots) are locked away as well.   

7.   

The writing is not on the wall

You should NEVER leave a note on the door advising of your whereabouts!  It may have been oaky to do this once upon a time but that time is not now!  Do not spell out your absence!   

8.   

Have a social media holiday too

We all like to take holiday snaps and selfies of ourselves in interesting places but try to hold back from posting your vacation photos until you get home.  There is no better advertising for an empty house than a photo on the world wide web of it's owner / occupant on the beach in Fiji!

9.   

Ask a favour

Do you have any family or close friends that aren't going away this Christmas?  Or is there someone that is going away after you get home?  If so, you could ask them to pop around to your house every day or so to clear the letterbox and have a general check that everything is okay.  They could even move one of those lamps with the timer to another room.   

10.   

Have a think

It might be too late for this year, but planning ahead to your next holiday is a good idea.  You can look at having sensor lights installed around the exterior of your home and you could also investigate having an alarm or CCTV system installed.  Even a "Beware of the dog" sign or putting alarm company stickers on your windows would be an extra deterrent.

 

Once you've followed these steps, you should have peace of mind that your home is as safe as you can make it while you are away.  There's only one thing left for you to do ....

... Have a great holiday!

^ top
Filed under Hamilton / Waikato

Related posts

Leave a comment

Fields marked * are required

Sue Hall's Blog

How is the Real Estate Market looking following Covid-19?

Though it is always difficult to have a crystal ball when it comes to predicting the real estate market, there are several historical factors we can look at when evaluating the market moving forward.  A number of comments in this blog have come from trusted sources and experiences of those who have had lengthy careers in the Real Estate industry, including working through the previous Global Financial Crisis.

Read More »

Covid-19 and Your Property - What You Need to Know

For answers to the frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19 and Real Estate, please visit this informative article from Lodge Real Estate.

Read More »

Balloons Over Waikato 2020

It was with extreme disappointment and heavy hearts that the organisers of Balloons Over Waikato announced that all public events, including morning inflation and the Nightglow have been cancelled. "As per the Government recommendations in regards to mass gatherings, Balloons over Waikato have made the decision to cancel public attendance at Innes Common for morning flying, The University of Waikato for Nightglow, and all other sub events associated with the Festival."

Read More »

Ruakura Inland Port Set To Open In Two Years

An inland port the size of Auckland's CBD in Hamilton is one step closer with Tainui Group Holdings and Port of Tauranga joining forces to open at Ruakura within two years.

Read More »

Waitangi Day 2020

The 6th of February every year is Waitangi Day.  This day is the most important marker in New Zealand’s history and commemorates the first signing of Te Ririti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi. Waitangi Day is a day to reflect on the controversy that surrounds the Treaty of Waitangi – Throughout history and within today’s society, how this has affected all New Zealanders and how it has shaped the country in which we live today.

Read More »

More Blog Articles »