For the second time in just a couple of months, I have heard of homes being broken into and copper wire being stolen. On the most recent one, I represent the buyer. The home was not winterized, so you can imagine the mess. The seller is going to take care of the problem, and we should proceed to closing- but at what expense for this seller?
The agent, who is also the owner on this home, brought up a great idea. He said that he is going to start having to take down his signs on vacant homes possibly after they go under contract.
A security system would also solve the problem.The incidents that I know of where this has happened recently are in older neighborhoods where typically several bank owned homes may be located.
These thieves seem to know what they are doing. They know how to tell if the home for sale is vacant or not. I wouldn't be surprised if they watch the home for awhile either.
If you have one of these vacant homes and it doesn't have a security system in place, it may be a good idea to remove the sign as soon as you go under contract to limit possible vandalism or theft.
I know that the sign is for marketing, but the past two agents I know that had to deal with this would probably tell you it is not worth it. Does anyone have any better ideas how to prevent theft or vandalism on a vacant home? I recently wrote a post about a seller putting a sign on the doorsaying anyone seen trespassing will be shot! I am pretty sure that is not the answer.