Tips to Keep Your Vacant House Safe

Posted by Steph Kaye on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 1:45pm.

 Ways to Keep Your Property Safe After Moving Out

If you are putting your house up for sale, and are moving out before it is sold, your empy home could attract more than potential buyers, such as criminals. An unoccupied home is at risk for a break-in, and moving all your belongings doesn’t mean you’re completely safe.  Graffiti, damaged appliances, stolen copper wiring and broken windows can add up to thousands of dollars in repairs.

Let a realtor know your moving plans. Your agent will want to take precautions once your property is vacant, by making sure your home  doesn't look vacant.

Here are some tips.

Let a Small Group of People Know

When you’re moving out, tell your  neighbors, the head of your neighborhood watch and your local police department that your property will be vacant. With more people watching your house, you’ll have a better chance of getting quick assistance if someone does break in.

Maintain the Yard

An unkempt yard is a definite sign a home is vacant. In the warmer months, make sure the lawn is mowed regularly, the flowerbeds are kept up, and there is no loose trash around the curb or driveway. In the winter months, clean the rain gutters, rake leaves and clear the driveway and walkway of snow.

Don’t Let Paper Pile Up

As soon as you have completely moved out, remember to forward your mail and newspapers to your new address. Ask a family member, friend or neighbor to stop by your home regularly to pick up flyers and any mail that might have been delivered.

Make Necessary Repairs

A few times a month, check the outside of your property for any needed repairs. If you find any obvious problems, make the repairs as soon as possible. 

Have Someone Use Your Driveway

If you have a driveway attached to your home, ask a neighbor to park a car there. Many families with more than one car will be happy for the extra space, and a car parked in the driveway is a great deterrent for criminals.

Leave the Curtains 

Leave the curtains or blinds on the windows in the home when you’re moving out. Keep the curtains drawn and the blinds closed, even at the back of the house, in case someone is checking out your house.

Use a Timer for Lights

Purchase lighting timers, hook up to lamps and place the devices strategically throughout the house. Set the timers to go on and off in different rooms at the appropriate times of day or night. Some  thieves or vandals will watch a property for days before breaking in. If they see lights in different rooms, they’ll assume the property still is occupied.

If you are in the market for a new house and would like information on homes for sale, or are first time home buyer not working with a Realtor and would like to schedule a consultation with a qualified Oakland County and Macomb County Realtor, please complete the Lang Premier Properties contact form to have a real estate agent contact you. 

Lang Premier Properties are Birmingham Realtors specializing in Oakland County Real Estate. Stephanie is an agent with Lang Premier Properties. See what past clients have to say about Stephanie Lang.  Lang Premier Properties looks out for your best interests when you purchase a new custom luxury home. We always recommend working with an experienced luxury real estate agent when buying a new luxury estate.



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