Monday, December 4, 2017

Keeping Out Unwanted Visitors This Christmas

Advent calendars at the ready - now is the time to start getting excited about Christmas. The holidays are a great time to get together with your friends and family as well as invite them into your home. While there are plenty of guests you’ll want to have around; there may be some who turn up without an invitation - and not just the human kind. Here’s how to protect your home from unwanted visitors this festive season.

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Burglars

Burglars have to be at the top of the unwanted guest list at Christmas and any other time of the year. Christmas is a key time for burglars, who know there’s a possibility to pocket some big-ticket items. Make sure you’ve got your home’s security essentials covered and never make it easy for them by leaving doors and windows unlocked or leaving valuables in clear sight. If you’re planning on leaving your home during the holidays, make sure you get someone to check in on it to make sure that everything is in order.

Scavengers

With so much food consumed during the holidays, it’s important that you store your rubbish safely to avoid some unwanted garden guests. Scavengers like foxes, dingos or cats and dogs will be ready to tear open your rubbish bins and help themselves to leftover food. Don’t make it easy by learning to manage your food waste and keeping all rubbish safely secured within a tamper-proof receptacle. If things start getting out of hand with your rubbish, take it to a local recycle area or keep it stored in the garage where it’s harder for unwanted guests to get in.

Spiders, snakes and other skin crawlers

Nobody wants to have to deal with the discovery of a not-so-friendly neighbourhood spider or snake in their home at Christmas. Do some regular inspections to see if you can spot any unexpected visitors. Keep a number for 24/7 snake removals to hand in case come across some snakes in the garden, and don’t try to tackle anything yourself. If you tend to have a particular problem during the warmer weather season, it’s important that you keep an eye out for yours and your guests’ safety.

The in-laws

While this one might be just for fun, it can be stressful dealing with the in-laws over the festive period, especially if they tend to outstay their welcome. Instead of avoiding them altogether, minimise the length of their stay by making sure you’ve got plenty of other plans over the holiday season. If it helps to diffuse the situation, you could always invite some other guests over at the same time so that there are more distractions for you. Christmas is about family after all, so as difficult as it might be - you might just have to suck it up for a few days!

Don’t forget to make your home nice and festive for the visitors you do want to have in your home. Trim the tree and accessorise your living room to give everyone a nice Christmas welcome when you get through the door. It may be the time of year for opening your home but keep those unwanted visitors out for a safe and happy holiday season.

xxo
Kim

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