September 9th, 2018
If you think an empty home is safe from theft or break-ins, then you are sadly mistaken. An empty house can also attract a burglar for many reasons. Some of these reasons may include checking to see if the home is really empty or maybe they need a place to stay.
If you don’t properly secure an empty home, then you are opening yourself up to several liabilities and the prospect of possibly having to go back in and make repairs due to vandalism.
How can you protect your empty home while you are in the process of selling it? Read on for a few tips to follow to help secure your investment while you are actively selling.
Extend Your Security Coverage
If the home already has a security system, it is a good idea to extend the coverage and keep it active until you actually sell the home. The home is still considered one of your biggest assets, so you will want to do all you can to protect it.
Your security system will be able to monitor the home while it is empty and can contact you immediately if there are any issues.
Install a Security System
If you didn’t already have a security system in place for the home, then you may want to consider adding one. Doing so will also increase the overall value of the home and property, and it allows you to maintain some semblance of control while the real estate agents and prospective buyers enter and tour the home.
The security system will grant you access to the security footage and feeds, can alert you if there is a problem, and can even lock and unlock doors for you remotely.
Ask Neighbors to Keep an Eye on the Home
You can also ask any neighbors you trust in the area to keep an eye on the home while it sits empty and is in the process of getting sold. They can check on the house every once in a while, to ensure everything is good and can also report any suspicious activity they may see.
They can also regularly walk the perimeter of the home and property to check on all entry points and make sure there was no damage done. Additionally, if you are comfortable with them, you can even offer them a key or the access code so that they can check on the interior of the home as well.
Until you sell the home, it is still considered one of your most significant assets, so you will want to take the steps to protect it and protect your investment.