Top 5 Tips For Looking After Your Vacant Home
28 Feb 2020
When you find your dream home, you could be ready to move straight in. But what if your current home hasn’t sold yet? You may be forced to leave the property vacant, even though this could add more stress to an already stressful process. Here is some advice for anyone who has to leave their property vacant for an extended period of time.
Make sure your insurance is covered
You should inform your home insurance provider that the property you are selling is going to be vacant for an extended period of time as some home insurance providers can offer a particular type of cover that is used specifically for people in this situation. It is quite common for the policy charges to increase slightly as no one will be in the property to look after it, so they will want more money to cover the extra risk that is involved.
Inform one of your neighboursMore than likely if you inform a neighbour about your move, they will be happy to keep an eye on your house for you while it is vacant. If they don’t already have it, giving them your contact information is a good idea..
Prepare for the Weather
The weather can cause a lot of issues that may affect or damage your home, so it is best to prepared for all the potential weather conditions. A good way to keep on top of the weather can be to install a programmable thermostat as they can be used to make sure that your pipes don't freeze in the winter and that the property is cool enough in the summer. You could even get thermostats that have integrated Wi-Fi so you can make changes to the system remotely.
Light it up
An easy and cheap way to add an extra layer of protection to your vacant home is to get outdoor security lights with sensors, so that the outdoor lights turn on when something goes near the house. This can alert the neighbours or with the right security system even send a message to your mobile phone that someone is near the house. An additional option is to install indoor lights that turn on at certain times of day or night, which can help deter potential thieves. A plug-in timer can be used to make lamps and other devices turn on at certain times, which makes it look like that you’re at home even when you’re not.
There are several things you should think about doing before you vacate your home for good. These can include replacing poor-quality entry doors and ensuring all your windows are locked properly. It's a good idea to write a checklist of all the things you need to do before you leave and do all you can to ensure your home is left in as safe a condition as possible because once you move out, it could become more costly and time-consuming to deal with any of these issues so it's best to make sure they are all sorted.