Empty homes are, by no means, exempt from theft. Quite the contrary! An empty house can easily attract burglars looking for anything that may have been left behind or for a free place to sleep. These actions, along with many others can result in a home that isn’t “move-in ready” – and it could require extra time and money to repair. Because the house is empty, it likely means you’re not coming and going very often. Therefore, it’s important for you take extra steps to help make sure that your property is secured and protected while it’s on the market.
Extend Your Security Past Your Move-Out Date
If the house has a security system that’s already installed and active, you may want to consider leaving the service on while it’s on the market. Until you sell the home, it’s still a part of your assets and, as such, should be treated just as equally as a home you do
live in. If you have a security system already in place in the house, leave the system on while the house is on the market so that a reliable security system provider can help keep a professional eye on your home after you’ve moved out.
Install a Home Security System
If you don’t
already have a system installed in the house, you might consider adding one while it’s on the market. Not only will a pre-installed home security system increase the value of your home, but it will also give you a feeling of continued control and access while it’s on the market and being visited regularly by real estate agents and possible buyers. Smart security systems can grant you access to camera feeds, lock and unlock doors
, and keep tabs on the HVAC system. You can uninstall the security system once the house has been sold, or you can include the system as part of the deal with the house. Of course, you may not be into the idea of having a full-blown smart home security system added into a home that you are actively trying to sell. That’s completely reasonable! However, leaving it completely void of any security is leaving a lot to chance. This is where a DIY system may be the best option
. Rigging your property with alarms and extra locks on doors, windows, and any other possible entry points can help give your empty home the proper deterrence it needs as it sits empty.
Ask Trusted Neighbors to Check Up On the House
There’s really nothing better than getting an in-person check-up on your house while it’s empty. If you’re moving—or have moved—out of town, then consider asking a trusted neighbor to check on the house every few days or so. A next-door neighbor might also be able to keep an extra eye out on anything suspicious that may happen on the property. When you ask a neighbor to check on the house, have them walk around the perimeter and check any doors, windows, or other points of entry for damage. And if you’re comfortable, you may consider giving them a key or code for the key lock-box on the front door so that they could check for any interior damage to the home. While your house is empty and on the market, it’s important that you maintain its security to help ensure that it stays protected while it’s still under your name. Regardless of whether you live there or not, your home is a major asset, and you don’t want anything to happen to it while you’re still the owner of the house.