.First and foremost, use an electronic lockbox on the home - I am always surprised to see how many combo boxes are still in use! They are certainly cheaper for the broker/agent, but provide little security and NO tracking. This is important every day of the listing period, but certainly even more so when the homeowner is away for an extended period.
Next, use common sense - alert the local police and your neighbors that you will be away so they can keep their eye out for you. Use timers with lights, music etc so that your home doesn't look or sound uninhabited. Agree to that a house-sitter makes sense.
And finally, watch what you post on sites like facebook - no need to announce to the world that you'll be away.
I guess, in short, don't invite trouble....
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