How to protect your vacant home while you are away.
Ways to Deter Thieves from a Vacant House
Houses may remain vacant for a period of time for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have already moved into a new home and are working on selling your old one. Or maybe you own a vacation property you only use during certain seasons or that you rent out to others, leaving it vacant when no one has rented it. In these situations, you must make a conscious effort to deter thieves from breaking in and either stealing things or squatting in the home.
Consider a Security System
It may seem like a waste of money to install a security system in a home that isn't used all the time, but it can be a powerful theft deterrent. In addition, a security system can be an asset in other ways as well. For instance, on a vacation rental home, your renters can feel more secure and you can change the passcode for each new tenant. If it is your vacation home, you can feel confident the belongings you leave behind are safe. Finally, when you are selling a home, it can boost the value and lead to a higher price tag for your home.You can visit homesecurity911.com for information on getting a security system installed on your property today.
Talk to the Neighbors
Your neighbors can also be valuable tools in keeping vacant properties safe. Get to know the neighbors around the home, especially if you are only using the home as a rental. Let a trusted person know when the property will be vacant and give them your contact information so they can let you know if anything unusual occurs on the property. Having someone who can watch out for your property will give you even greater peace of mind.
Handle General Maintenance
Keeping the lawn well-trimmed and the landscaping well-maintained will show thieves that someone is watching out for the property. In addition to taking care of all the landscaping needs when the weather is warm, it is also important to make sure that someone is removing any snow from walkways and driveways when it snows. The most important thing is to make it look like someone cares or thieves will take it upon themselves to look for any belongings that are left behind or even strip valuable materials from the building.
Installing exterior lights with motion sensors can be another important tool to keep the thieves away. Thieves prefer to do their work when there is little chance of being caught, which is typically after dark. To keep the property safer, installing lights that activate with motion will work to keep burglars away from the home, even when it is dark outside. They are also fairly cheap to install and run, helping you save money.
There are many reasons why properties may be vacant for a lengthy period of time. If you own such a property, it is important to take the proper steps to keep individuals from stealing what you leave inside or even stripping valuable materials and fixtures from the home itself. With these tips, as well as others, you can keep your home safe, whether you are waiting to sell it or it is a vacation property that remains empty for certain periods of time.
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