The past two months almost all of our staging clients are coincidentally being relocated to a different part of the country for their job and need to sell their home once they move out. Owning a vacant home while you live in a different part of the country can be a little scary. Even if the crime rate is low in your area, it is safe practice to keep up appearances that your home seems occupied while it is actually vacant. Follow these tips to ensure your property is safe while you are not there to watch it.
- Professionally stage your home
Not only will staging help sell your home faster and for more money, but it will appear as if someone still lives there should someone peek in the windows.
- Talk to your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on your property and report any suspicious behavior
- Change your primary address at http://moversguide.usps.com
It is important that all forms of mail are being redirected to your new home. Piled up newspapers and magazines are a sign that no one is living in the home.
- Keep all blinds and curtains open
This may seem counterintuitive, but constantly closed blinds are a sign that someone does not live there. Additionally, the home will appear unwelcoming. Instead, put lights in the home on timers at varying intervals to mimic the natural rhythms of an occupied home.
- Put seasonal flowers in pots by the front door and on the front porch
This will improve your curb appeal and make the home look occupied. If you are moving away, ask a neighbor to water them for you.
- Keep automated lawn sprinklers turned on
If you don’t have a sprinkler system, ask a neighbor to water your lawn
- Ensure outdoor lights are timed to come on at dusk and turn off at dawn
Have motion sensored lights installed by main entrance doors
This will deter anyone from snooping around your property
- Maintain home owner’s insurance that covers the items in your home
Furniture rental companies will charge you more if you do not have this insurance
- Ensure that your thermostat is set to maintain a comfortable temperature
This will prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter, and keep your home a comfortable temperature for potential buyers
- Although not always the case, a lock box can be a sign that no one is currently living in the home. If you live in a high crime area, put the lock box on a back door instead of the front