7 Ways To Keep Your Property Safe After Moving Out
If you’re moving out while your home is still on the market, your vacant property could attract more than potential buyers—it could attract criminal activity. An unoccupied property is at risk for a break-in, and removing all your belongings doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Graffiti, damaged appliances, stolen copper wiring and broken windows can all add up to thousands of dollars in repairs.
Remember, don’t forget to let a REALTOR® know your moving plans. Your agent will want to take extra precautions once your property is vacant, and to keep your investment as safe as possible, you’ll have to convince passerbys the property is still occupied.
Here’s how to pull it off.
- Ask for Backup
When you’re moving out, tell your immediate neighbors, the head of your neighborhood watch and your local police department that your property will be vacant. With more eyes on the house, you’ll have a better chance of getting quick assistance if someone does break in.
- Maintain the Lawn
An unkempt yard is a surefire sign a home is vacant. In the warmer months, make sure the lawn is mowed regularly, the flowerbeds are free of weeds, and there is no loose trash around the curb or driveway. In the cooler months, clean the rain gutters, rake leaves off the lawn and clear the driveway and walkway if it snows.
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