The Dangers of Empty House Vandalism In Seattle And How You Can Prevent It
There are certainly times when you may need to leave your home empty when it is for sale but you will have to do everything you can to prevent empty house vandalism in Seattle. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your house stays safe and sound when you're not around to look after it.
Talk to your real estate agent and asked for suggestions. He has had to deal with a lot of empty houses that have been put on the market and can let you know what the most successful ways are to deal with empty house vandalism in Seattle. He probably knows some property managers that can look in on your house while you are gone if you don't have any friends or relatives that are willing to do so.
You'll also have to call your homeowners insurance company to find out whether your home will be insured if it is left empty. Sometimes there is a certain amount of days at a Seattle home can be left empty before the insurance becomes ineffective. You can also ask them what they would require to keep it insured.
Another thing that needs to be addressed is the water and heating system if you are going to be leaving the home during the winter months. One frozen pipe can absolutely destroy a home. You'll need to keep the heat running while you are away and ask someone to step into the home and turn on the hot water taps from time to time to help keep the pipes warm. You'll also have to turn off any water that runs to the taps outside.
It is best to always make your house look like it is still occupied to prevent empty house vandalism. You can purchase light timers to have the lights go on at certain times and also have someone walk into the home on a daily basis to turn on the lights and do a general walk-around.
While your home is definitely going to be more vulnerable if left empty, there are a lot of things you can do to prevent empty house vandalism in Seattle. Give me a call if you have a house that you need to put on the market but have to leave empty. I'll give you some suggestions you can use to help keep your home safe.
This blog is courtesy of Adrian Willanger at Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates 206 909-7536 helping people buy and sale homes in the Greater Seattle area.
Adrian specializes in green home marketing utilizing traditional and social media marketing to create the widest exposure of your property.