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Make Your Home Safe This Holiday Season

melanie2Christmas is fast approaching and the air in Maui is getting colder everyday.  Everyone is starting to get busy shopping and wrapping gifts. However, other than Christmas preparations there is one important thing that you shouldn’t forget this season – keeping your home safe.

In this festive time of the year, it is not unusual for burglaries and break-ins to rise. This is also the time of year when most people spend most of the time being away making homes vulnerable than ever. Here are some tips to keep your home safe this holiday season.

    • If you are going out for a vacation away from Maui, let your neighbor know you are going to be away and ask them to help keep on watch of your house while you’re not around.
    • Install some automatic light timers with battery backup. This creates the simulation of someone being at home and create the illusion of movement in different areas in your house.
    • Turn off your ringers and voice mails. It’s best if you have important persons directly call you in your mobile phone.
    • If you will be out for a long period of time, make sure your landscapes are well-maintained. This doesn’t only create an illusion that you’re at home but this helps preserve the condition of your house while you’re away.
    • Keep your vehicle parked in your garage and make sure you don’t leave any spare keys inside.
    • If possible, record a view of each room to document your house’s arrangement and all important documents you have before you leave. This will help you find out if there are missing objects when you return.

melanie4These are the top ten security solutions that you must not forget in additional to the above-mentioned tips if you are staying our of the country longer than usual.

  • Buy an alarm system. It will not only notify your neighbors but also lets police authorities know that burglars have probably gotten into your house.
  • Install a small surveillance camera in your porch which will only cost you around $100. Compared to big a surveillance camera, a small one is almost invisible leaving burglars no idea that it is even there. Hence, there’s no way to destroy it.
  • Cut the shrubs that block your windows. It is also best that you check your area’s suggested heights for shrubs and gates. Safety experts recommend that 3ft x 6ft rule is ideal.
  • Locking your door knobs is not enough since burglars nowadays have improved ways of opening them stealthily. You should have deadbolts in all your doors and windows to prevent them from further unlocking the passage to your house.
  • Place a metal bar along the bottom track of your sliding door. This is an expensive option but at least it will hold off and prevent intruders from forcing your door open.
  • Buy a safe and install it somewhere, not even your family has known. You can place here your important documents, cash, jewelries, and other valuables.
  • Back up all your important documents. If possible, you should can each of them and store them in your external drive. Just in case a fire incident would occur in your house, you still have copies of your documents.
  • hedge-cutting-bannerFinally avoid posting in social media. Although it’s been a trend for almost everyone traveling to post updates on Facebook, it may entice unknown online viewers to come in your house and take advantage while you’re away.

To personally ask more about making your house safe this holiday season, feel free to reach out to me. Should you need a vacation house in Maui,  my listings has an array of beautiful properties with pre-installed security system.



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Moving to Maui Checklist I

So you’re finally moving to Maui? You must be very excited. But before moving-into-a-new-homeanything else, here is a guide you can use when moving to one of the most beautiful islands in Hawaii.

Moving for good? If you have bought a family house in Maui, where you want to settle for good, then you might consider hiring a moving company. Moving companies are willing to take on themselves the effort in transporting your items to your new home, for a reasonable consideration. The best way to find movers in Maui is to research in the internet. Yelp has a good list of companies that can assist with your transfer.

Screenshot_21Are you bringing some pets? If yes, then you need to check on the property owners if they allow animals inside. Some condominiums and apartments in Maui do not allow dogs on the premises, although some do permits bringing of cats. If you come from other states, you will expect an inspection in Hawaii which will also require your animals to be quarantined.

Got lots of things? If you are transporting several items, it is wise to have them in big boxes. Putting them in boxes can make your moving process easy and also keep your things safe. You may also want to look into special boxes which have padding in them. Some books about Maui will also help you adjust in the place.Moving-To-New-Home-2

Does your new home have nearby amenities? When you arrive in Maui, you won’t have time to look for some convenient stores or restaurants, as you would be tired. Before you finally move in, try to research some nearby grocery stores, restaurants, or shopping centers using Google Maps. You should also ask your real estate agent about these questions, especially if you are not quite familiar with the area. Preparing yourself ahead of the occasion will save you more time and money in the future.

hauling2Do you have a car? You have two options when you have a car. First, you can sell it and buy a new one in Maui to save on the shipping. If you just bought your car and you want to transport it to your new place, find a reputable mover in Maui who can haul it for you.

Now you almost have everything ready for your Maui relocation.  When you get to Maui don’t forget to say Aloha for a great day.

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Is it time to put your house on the market?

contractHow do you know when the time is right?

A lot of people purchase houses and end up of staying there longer than they actually intended. But more people actually don’t know when to let go of their houses. In truth, there are many signs that you need to sell your home. Not all people see these signs as clearly as they should but selling their home could the best decision.

Obviously, there are some setbacks in selling a house. A house could be the largest investment couples make with their money, not to mention that sentimental value associated with it. So in this article, you will learn some good signs that you may need to sell your home.

nasty-neighborNeighborhood is going downhill

Maui is a premier destination to live. With a subtropical country setting with many friendly people sharing the Aloha spirit, who wouldn’t want to live in this here? But there may be times when you get into unfavorable situations with neighbors; it can immensely affect your peaceful living. When things cannot be fixed, then it is probably time to move out and find a new neighborhood.

Getting hired on a job which is too far from your home locationgettinghired

When you get hired for a job, which requires you to drive at least 20 miles back and forth, you probably need to consider getting a new home closer to your job location.

If the office is too far from your home, it’s also a drawback on your monthly budget. For instance, the fuel on the island of Maui is a variable $4.19/gallon. Time is another valuable resources. You may be able to recapture lost time driving and decrease your gas costs if you moved closer to your new job.

Screenshot_21You have outgrown your house

We outgrow things, and it’s normal that your house may be one of them. When your children get married and have children of their own, they either move into a home of their own or you may decide to expand your living quarters to include everyone.

If you decide to decrease your home size, many homes in the Wailuku, Kahului, area can give more room for less money. There are also many Condo complexes across the Island that may be your new perfect fit.

If you decide to expand your home size, for your extended family, there a many listings with 4 or more bedrooms and multilevel house in a variety of areas in Maui. A popular home style here is Single family home with an Ohana or detached Cottage. This option allows you your family the closeness you need while enjoying your space as well.

Health Changes

An accident or a decline in health can be a life-changing scenario, especially when it affects your mobility and independence. Selling your home is probably the last thing you may want to think about. However if you are in need of money for your health coverage then selling could be a good option.

These are a few signs that it might be time to move on into a new chapter of your life in a home that is more suited for you and your family.

If you are thinking of putting your house on the market here on Maui please contact me and I can assist with all the details for listing.

I look forward to working with you.