Herndon, Virginia (PRWEB) December 13, 2011
McGrath Real Estate prioritizes the safety of both homeowners and tenants in the Northern Virginia area. With the first forecasts calling for snow in the DC metro area, the team at McGrath offers helpful tips on how to keep homes and families safe whether traveling or remaining in town for the holidays.
For those vacationing in the 2012 holiday season, MSNBC.com offers 9 suggestions on how to keep property back at home safe and vacationers worry-free. MSNBC suggests that those leaving Northern Virginia for a prolonged period inform both a neighbor who can check in on the property, especially making sure that pipes are not in danger of freezing, and the police of their plans. This ensures that there is a set of eyes watching the home for peculiarities throughout vacancies. MSNBC also sheds light on ways in which criminals realize that homes are vacant. Examples include notifications of upcoming vacations via social media (Twitter, Facebook,etc.), lights that remain on 24 hours a day, and days worth of mail and newspapers piling up in the driveway. Before leaving Northern Virginia for the holidays, it is wise to unplug all electronics and remove spare keys from hiding places.
If family is visiting this holiday season, Parents.com suggests the following tips to ensure that families are aware of potential hazards at home. In order to prevent fire hazards, guarantee that your decorative lights are of a high quality by checking for proper certification from companies such as CSA International, UL, or ELT and check smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly. Always be sure to turn indoor and outdoor decorative lights off when leaving home or going to bed.
McGrath Real Estate appreciates that the holidays are a time to be with loved ones. Whether traveling or remaining at home, be sure to insure yourself against potential hazards by taking the proper precautions. From the McGrath Real Estate Family, Happy Holidays!
McGrath Real Estate Services has served the Northern Virginia region since 1976 as an expert in property management and real estate sales. There has been a concerted effort on the part of on the McGrath Real Estate team to combat the consistent poor news coming from the real estate market. McGrath continues to combat the shaky Northern Virginia housing market providing a feeling of hope to future home sellers and buyers. For more information please visit http://www.McGrathRealEstate.com.