The number of renovation projects in Australia is expected to rise by 3.2 per cent this year, 2.4 per cent next year and 2.5 per cent the following year, according to the Housing Industry of Australia.
This means that more home-owners will haveÂ tradespeople coming in and out ofÂ the home and it can be difficult for homeowners to keep an eye on things or notice if something goes missing.
Darryn Bull from ADT Security provided a few tips to keep your home and valuables safe:
â€ś- Make sure valuables such as jewellery, laptops, credit cards and identity documents such as passports are locked away safely.Â
– Close off rooms that donâ€™t need to be accessed during the renovation period; these can be useful storage spaces.
– Avoid leaving building materials or appliances unattended on site by coordinating deliveries as close as possible to their installation times.
– Seek recommendations and check references before contracting builders and trades.
– Be home whenever possible to meet trades as they arrive and pack up for the day.
This avoids the need to leave keys with multiple people to access the property.
– Encourage your neighbours to report any suspicious activity.
– Install a monitored alarm system with live streaming cameras around the home to keep an eye on the renovationâ€™s progress.Â
Cameras help to deter unwanted visitors too.
They alsoÂ have the ability to view live video or savedÂ security recordings from a smartphone, tablet or computer,â€ť he said.
Some home security systemsÂ also allow you to remotely lock and unlock your homeâ€™s doors and remotely arm and disarm your system.
This way you donâ€™t have to share keysÂ or passcodes.
It isnâ€™t just the inside your house that is potentially attractive to thieves.
Building materials, especially copperÂ wire and pipesÂ and brass fixtures and fittings can be resold for good prices.
Also be aware of any new appliances that have been delivered but not yet installed. Ensure any electrical items and fittings such as sinks are locked up.
Talk to your tradies to find out what they plan to do with their tools overnight.
You donâ€™t want anything left lying around, even cheaper items, as it suggests there are more expensive tools inside.
You also need to check with your insurerÂ who is responsible should those tools get stolen (your insurer should know you are renovating in any case).
Finally, once your renovation is finished, consider changing your locks.
Even if you trust your contractor, someone they work withÂ could easily make a copy of your keys so make sure you stay safe.