If you work in real estate, you know how important it can be to protect the vacant homes you are selling when you are not around to keep an eye on things. Often, it will be obvious that the house is vacant, because there will never be lights on and no cars in the driveway, There will be the sign in the lawn that it is for sale, which put together will give anyone paying attention a pretty good idea of when the house will be vacant.
Protecting a house with nothing in it may not seem like such a big deal to some, however vacant homes can often attract people who will vandelize the home or will use it as a place to stay when nobody is around. These people may not necessarily have the greatest ideas in mind when they are staying at the house, and if there is someone who is used to breaking in when the house is vacant, there is a chance they will try it once the house is sold, as well.
Here are a few tips on how to protect a vacant real estate property when you are not around to showcase it. First, in case something does happen to one of the properties you are trying to sell, make sure that you have insurance on the property as well as have your own business insured. This will make it easier to recover in the case of vandalism or if you, for some reason, get sued for something that happens on the property when you are not around.
Consider getting an alarm system installed on the property. Not only will it deter break-ins by making noise and taking security footage, but it will also increase the value of the house because the new buyer wont have to pay for installation of a new security system.
Leave something like a radio on loudly enough that it can be heard from outside the windows and doors of the property, and leave a light or two on as well. The sound and light may make someone think that there is currently someone in the house working.
Consider building a fence around the property so that it is harder for someone to get into your property in the first place.
If you know any of the neighbors that dont have their own space in the driveway, you can see if they would like to park in your vacant driveway to help with the illusion that someone is home.
Lastly, check on the property frequently, even when you arent currently showcasing the house. You can look for potential signs of a break-in as well as make anyone who may be watching aware of the fact that there are people regularly checking on the property.
All of these deterrents should serve to make your vacant property look too difficult to break into easily, so that they will either give up or choose to go somewhere else and leave your property alone.
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