Arizona is home to hundreds of thousands of winter residents, and many of them own properties that are only used for a portion of the year.
If you’re one of the growing number of winter residents in Arizona, you know how important it is for you to properly close up your home for the season. Unfortunately, many homeowners discover that they didn’t do everything they could have to protect their home only after finding out that they’ve been the victim of a burglary or when something has seriously gone wrong. The following tips can help you protect your Arizona winter home so that it will be safe all year round.
Arizona is home to lots of insect and rodent pests. And, they’ll find a pantry or cabinet full of food to be quite inviting. Before locking up, take the time to remove all food including what is in your refrigerator. Unplug your unit and leave the refrigerator and freezer doors open to minimize odors from attracting unwanted visitors.
Turn Off the Water
By turning off the water, you can prevent a costly slab or water heater leak from occurring. Simply turn off the water supply where it connects to your home. You don’t need to open faucets and drain water pipes, but you should drain toilet tanks and bowls.
Check Windows and Doors
During the wet monsoon season, unsealed, improperly caulked windows and doors can let in lots of water. This can lead to significant wall and floor damage. If you’re not going to be returning to your home for months, you don’t want to take this chance. Do the necessary work before you leave town. It’s also a good idea to get a roof inspection so that you don’t have any leaky surprises from above when you return, too!
Winter homes are a big target for local burglars during the summer months. Invest in a timer so that it turns at least one light on every night while you’re gone. And, an outdoor motion light can deter intruders, too. To significantly minimize any chance of a break-in, consider investing in security roller shields. These aluminum-walled slats mount outside your home and make it virtually impossible for anyone to enter uninvited. And, they can also decrease your energy bills by up to 20% by reducing light and heat. Call OuterWare 4 Windows at 480-894-0028 to learn more about security roller shields and how they can give you peace of mind while you’re away from your winter home.