7 Tips When Selling a Vacant Home
These little items will help prevent damage to your home as well as keep everything safe.
1.Set the thermostat to at least 60 degrees in the winter.
This will make the home warm enough for visitors but more importantly will prevent your pipes from freezing form the cold. Also make sure you have fresh batteries in the thermostat to make sure it is working properly.
2.Leave a Faucet DRipping Slightly
Another way to avoid freezing pipes is to have a faucet drip slightly. This will allow water flow and keep standing water from freezing.
3.Check the Batteries
Check the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This may not seem important but the noise can alert neighbors and many systems will alert authorities if the detectors sense smoke or carbon monoxide.
4. Install Light Timers
Install a timer on some lights in the home. This will give the illusion that the home is not vacant and deter would be burglars.
5. Stop the Mail
Stop your mail and ask a neighbor to grab any packages, flyers, or take out menus. You don’t want items piling up on your stoop showing that the home is vacant.
6. Alert the Neighbors
Let your neighbors know the home is vacant. They can keep an eye on your home and alert you of any suspicious activities. You could even ask a neighbor to park a car in the driveway at night.
7. Continue Property Maintenance
Continue with yard maintenance by having the snow removed and the lawn mowed. Nothing screams vacant home like an overgrown yard or snow a week after the storm!
With the right agent your home can be vacant for a short period of time so call me Ryan Gibbons of the Gibbons Team anytime to learn how I can help. Remember who you work with matter! Have a great day!