Maintenance of a vacant home can often be easily overlooked; especially if you are abandoning your old home for a shiny new one.
50% of real estate buyers are looking to trade their old home for a shiny new piece of real estate. Often their old house is not sold and potentially they would be leaving the old house soon to transition in the new house and neighborhood. Maintaining a vacant house is not difficult as it sounds.
Here are a few tips for maintaining your vacant house so it looks alive and lived in:
Visitors : Once you have moved from your old house to the new house you will not be able to visit as much as you wanted. To keep an eye on the old house request trustworthy friends, family or neighbours to stop by and visit the house every now and again. Or if you can during afternoon or night drive by or park in the driveway every couple days.
Cleanliness : A well-maintained exterior of a house will give the impression that someone lives there. Keep your lawn maintained every week, check the mail every day or two, and keep newspapers and any litter off the property. If left unattended, these can all be telltale signs of a vacant property.
Light : Sure, it might cost a few bucks in hydro to keep the lights running, but you can be sure a break-in or vandalism will cost you more. Set your internal and external lights on a timer, alternating throughout various rooms of the house at different times of the day.
When you take a little time to maintain your old property, you’re setting yourself up to successfully sell it—or, at the very least, keep the bad guys away. What are some of the ways you’ve kept your vacant house safe and looking lived in after you’ve moved on? Share your tips with us here!