Steps to Take to Look After Your Property When You Move Abroad

If you decide to move abroad to live and work for a few months or longer, one of your biggest concerns might be how to look after your property back home. A few months is a long time to be away, and you don’t want to spend your whole time abroad worrying about what could happen to your house.

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Here are a few of the main things to do to prepare your property so that you can enjoy your time overseas properly.

Security

The easiest way to protect your property when you are away is to make sure that the locks on the doors and windows are all in good condition and that there are no obvious signs of weakness.

A good burglar alarm will be an investment that will provide you with peace of mind, and you might also want to invest in security lights outside the front door to warn off any potential thieves.

Lights which are set to come on each evening on a timer can also be useful in creating the impression that someone is living in the property when you are away.

Home Insurance

If things do go wrong, whether you suffer a break in or damage to your property, you can get some peace of mind in knowing that you are financially protected. Make sure that you therefore renew your home insurance before you leave.

If you have made any major changes to your property or bought expensive contents then now is a good time to update your insurance to check that you are still covered for everything.

Get Someone to Check Your Property

There is no better way to achieve peace of mind than to have a trusted friend or neighbour check on your property on a regular basis.

As well as looking out for telltale problems of damp and burst pipes, they can also clear away the build-up of post which is a clear sign that the building is unoccupied and an invitation to thieves.

Pay Someone to Look After Your Garden

If your garden becomes overgrown then this could be a sign to thieves that there is no one home. Arrange for someone to tidy up the outside of your property, which could be the same friend who comes around to check on your property, and this will help to make your house look ‘lived in’.

Arrange Your Expenses

Just because you are abroad, your financial obligations on your property will continue. Council tax, bills, home insurance and more will still need to be paid, so make sure that you set up direct debits for all of these whilst you are away.

Use online banking whilst overseas to keep track of all your payments back home, and make sure you have access to all of the important contact numbers in case something goes wrong.

Look After Your Home

Living and working remotely from abroad is a real adventure, but if you own a property back in your home country then make sure you make all the necessary arrangements to look after it properly. If not, you could find yourself facing a real headache when something goes wrong and you are thousands of miles away across the other side of the world.

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