There are many reasons you may wind up with a home sitting vacant for a while. You may have bought a new home and are still trying to sell your old home or be in between tenants in an investment property. Whatever the reason, there are several simple precautions you can take to protect your property.
1. Winterize your home if it won’t be occupied during the colder months. This involves draining the water from your pipes so that you will not be impacted should the pipes freeze during cold weather.
2. Notify your insurance agent that the property is vacant. Though you insurance rates will likely increase while your property is vacant, not notifying them may result in a denied claim if there is an issue. Increased insurance cost will likely be signifcantly less than paying for damages if there is an issue and your insurance claim is denied.
3. Make sure to continue to maintain the landscaping like you did when you lived there. If the home looks vacant from the outside, yoou may be more prone to breakins or vandalism.
4. Check the property regularly. If you don’t live close enough to check the home weekly, find a friend or neighbor that will check the house ocassionally and let you know if there are any issues. This will help you catch issues faster and hopefully take care of them before they get out of control.
If your home is on the market while vacant, consult with your real estate agent about how you should leave your vacant home. Having the temperature of the home comfortable for showings is important as no one wants to look at a home if it is too hot or very cold.
Remember, a house is a big investment and simple precautions can help you protect your property even while it’s empty.
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