How safe is to leave the house for long periods of time...?

Asked by Alejandro G. Garcia, San Antonio, TX Sat Dec 31, 2011

Do you still can find affordable help in periodical gardening and house cleaning in this area...?

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AMY KARNS, Agent, Plano, TX
Wed Aug 28, 2013
You can also check the Bexar county sherriffs office for more information.
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Paul Shearn, , Helotes, TX
Mon Jan 2, 2012
If you want any crime statistics in any neighborhood The best place that I found is Trust your neighbors to help you watch your home while your away. Paul
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Sat Dec 31, 2011
Two words: House sitter.

I have heard little in terms of feedback. This is something you would have to research (Google). However, my husband knew a woman where he worked who was unmarried and almost never had house guests. Very stable, very responsible person. Sorry, lost touch with her a few years ago. He believes she married and moved to Texas. But, he says he is sure there are more.

Best of luck!

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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Sat Dec 31, 2011
safe? NO.... simplest answer...

But can you do something about it to make it safer absolutely.

stop the mail or have a neighbor pick it up daily and remove flyers etc. have a company take care of
lawn services or snow removal....

Keep the info that you are gone limited to close friends and family....

And lights on timers and light on the outside front and back that light up the home YES

And then there is the advantage of a monitored security system like ADT, which will also check on
water, firre etc. In many towns, if nobody comes in or out of the house, the local police will also check on
the property but usually only the outside or from the outside....

So explore all your options and at the same time, depending on where you live, consider what needs to be
done for freezing weather, and water pipes bursting, although if you are in San Antonio you may not have
to worry about that.

I would not be too concerned about cleaning the inside of the home, because it will just be one more person/ persons or company aware of the fact that you are not there. Hire a cleaning crew when you return
and have a good cleaning done....

Having very good neighbors who hopefully are also your friends will be a great help...

Good Luck to you...
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Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients, Buyers, Sellers and Investors alike....
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Ronda Allen, Agent, Plano, TX
Sat Dec 31, 2011
It isn't. When you split your time between several residences, it is always in the back of your mind that you unoccupied property is at risk. Timers on lights help. And, really good neighbors or friends to check on the property are a major plus. Keep us the services like gardening, but I'd personally ensure no one had a key to my house like a cleaning services. You can have it cleaned when you return.
Have a blessed New Year!
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Claudia McSh…, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Sat Dec 31, 2011
Dear Alejandro,

I have found it is safest not to inform too many people you are leaving for a longer period of time, except family members or very close friends. Do not announce it on social sites, like Facebook, or security companies or security patrol. Have the mail and papers put on hold and someone you really trust, pick up fliers at or in front of your entry door. It is worth it to invest in several timers. Use them for a radio and lamps, visible near front and back windows, to go off and on at different times. In the spring, fall and summer have a yard service take care of your front yard, if you do not already on a regular basis.

Claudia McShane
Joyce Klein Realtors
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Dec 31, 2011

Regardless of location, it's always good to make arrangements for the property to be checked on periodically. This coupled with putting lights on a timer, stopping all paper delivery, and making the police aware of you absence may help greatly.

We find that a good and reliable neighbor can help greatly by being your eyes and ears while you are away.

Good luck,

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Lesley Hudgi…, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sat Dec 31, 2011
Your safety issue would increase greatly if you have a trusted neighbor daily pick up mail, flyers stuck in the door, and local papers thrown on the lawn. A timer for the lights would also help. Do what you can to make it look like someone is actively going in and out of the house.
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Albert Elhage, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Dec 31, 2011
You might want to check with your local police dept. to see the crime rate in your area around different times of the year.

Not sure if this is what you meant by your question!!!!
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