Suggestions for the vacant home


By Kathy Henne



If you move out of your home while it’s on the market, you’ll expect your real estate agent to help you handle day-to-day issues with your home in your absence. But how do you avoid the unwanted attention that a vacant home can attract from uninvited intruders?

There are many suggestions to offer to increase your security. While your agent likely won’t have the time available to constantly monitor your home, they should be willing to at least check on it often. This way they can quickly alert you to any problems that may arise with your home. You also have the option of registering with the local police department, so that officers assigned to your neighborhood can keep an eye on your home and perform security checks as needed (generally at no charge.)

If you have a security system already installed, be sure to notify your service that the house is empty, and provide a local emergency contact number. Be sure that this is someone who is easy to reach should an emergency arise. Also employ a caretaker for the grounds, to keep the lawn mowed, the flower beds free from big ugly weeds, and to maintain a more lived-in look. Stop your newspaper deliveries and make sure your mail is being forwarded to your new address before your big moving day.

Don’t leave anything valuable behind that could become an invitation to an intruder. Be sure to program many of the lights on timers, inside and outside to turn on and off at appropriate times. An overlooked issue, however, is to be sure to not leave the lights on all night, as that is actually an obvious clue that no one is home.

Some simple planning now can save you untold worry and stress later. Enjoy your move and your wonderful new location.

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By Kathy Henne

Contact the Kathy Henne Team RE/MAX FINEST by calling (937) 778-3961.

Contact the Kathy Henne Team RE/MAX FINEST by calling (937) 778-3961.