6 Security Basics For Second-Home Owners

Owning a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a great way to enhance your summer vacation experience. As a the proud of owner of a second home, you'll never have to pay for a hotel, and you'll be able to minimize your packing efforts for each trip by keeping your home permanently stocked with all your vacationing essentials. 


While its primary purpose is to serve as a vacation destination, your second home is a big investment opportunity as well. Home prices are on the rise, and interest rates are slowly but steadily beginning to climb again. As its value increases over time, your second home can become a powerful financial investment. In order for this investment to pay off, however, you have to take steps to protect your property.

Protecting Your Second Home

There are two primary aspects to protecting the value of your second home: maintaining it well by quickly addressing any needed repairs that come up, and protecting it from intruders. If natural disasters strike or your house develops an internal problem such as a plumbing leak, it's important to be able to act quickly. Similarly, it is important to respond swiftly if an intruder steals something of value or vandalizes your property.

Security Basics For Second-Home Owners

Since you aren't there full time, protecting your second home may be more challenging than protecting your primary residence. Fortunately, the Lake Area boasts a remarkably low crime rate; there are very few reports of individuals breaking into homes and stealing items/causing damage. Nevertheless, it is important to be prepared. Here are a few simple reminders to help you protect your second home while you are away.
  1. Ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.
  2. Invest in a home security system.
  3. Keep spare keys well hidden - avoid obvious hiding places like under door mats or in decorative rocks.
  4. Monitor your home's exterior with security cameras.
  5. Make it look like you are home by programming certain lights to turn on at various intervals.
  6. Cancel your mail delivery through the post office, or ask a neighbor to pick up your mail for you.

Buying Your Second Home? Arrowhead Title Can Help!

Are you considering joining the ranks of second-home owners at the Lake? Our Lake of the Ozarks title company has facilitated countless real estate transactions over the past thirty-three years. If you are thinking about buying a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would be honored if you would consider our title company in Lake Ozark MO to assist with the transaction.

Visit our website at www.ArrowheadTitle.com for more information about our Mid-Missouri title and escrow services.

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