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How to Protect an Unoccupied Home After a Move

by Stephanie Arbolida 12/01/2019

Image by Philipp Berndt from Unsplash

Sometimes the timelines for buying and selling a home don’t match up perfectly. You may have purchased a new home or need to relocate before you can sell your current residence. In these cases, your property may remain empty for weeks or months at a time. Here are a few ideas for keeping your home secure until ownership is transferred.

Keep Your Utilities Running

It is an extra expense to keep paying for a utility bill on a property you do not occupy, but it's ideal for security purposes. Electricity, in particular, allows for the use of lights to create the impression of occupancy. Consider using lights you can set to a timer — ensure the lights come on at appropriate times in the evening and go off during daylight hours. Installing exterior motion detector lights will turn on your lights when someone comes within range of the sensor. 

If your home is vacant during the winter months, you will want to keep the heat running to avoid issues like frozen pipes. You can maintain the temperature with a programmable thermostat or one that you can connect to remotely. It is helpful to have a local contact who can check in on your heating system during especially harsh weather.

Maintain Your Security System

If you have one, maintain your security system until the next occupant moves in. Let the security company, as well as your local police department, know that your property will be uninhabited. The more security measures you have in place, the better the protection for your property. Having a security system in place can notify you and the local authorities if there is unusual activity on your property. Notice of a security system often serves as a deterrent for keeping criminals away.

Keep the Yard Neat

Hire a landscaping service to mow the lawn and keep the landscape looking tidy. If you leave your yard looking untidy and unkempt, it is a visual cue to passersby that the house is vacant. If the weather is cold, plan for snow and ice removal to ensure the property is accessible.

Your unoccupied home is a financial asset until it is sold to someone as their forever home. Keep it in the best condition possible until you transfer ownership. If your property may be vacant for an extended period of time, it can be helpful to arrange for a property management service to keep an eye on your home. Your real estate agent is a great resource for management services in your area, call for recommendations today.

About the Author
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Stephanie Arbolida

 You might be surprised to learn that I’m a third-generation Real Estate professional. I was introduced to Real Estate as young girl as my father, grandmother, stepmom and brother all worked in the Real Estate Industry. All doing something different which made me so versatile in my sales position. Although, I didn't plan on selling Real Estate it wasn’t until I wanted to start a family, that I then realized I should become a Realtor. You can say I've been selling Real Estate almost all my life, if you include all the years, I helped my family. Selling Real Estate truly became a passion of mine in 2015 when I had my first child. I got licensed right before my husband and I found out we were expecting, timing couldn’t have worked out any better for us. Although, I had my license I didn’t sell much for the first couple years. I did enjoy helping friends and family buy and sell Real Estate. In 2018 I decided to sell Real Estate full time. My business changed that year with the help of my family, friends and clients I was able to build a bigger business than I expected. Not only did I create a more amazing business for myself, I expanded and built my team, The Arbolida Group. I was also asked to join some amazing leadership communities and named in the top 20% of Realtors within the Keller Williams South Bay Office. My Keller Williams Office asked me to join The Agent Leadership Council. The ALC allows me to stand out and help build and grow leaders within our office and community. I was also asked to be the Program Director for The Women's Council of Realtors South Bay Network. I am grateful that I have been given a tremendous amount of trust from my family, friends, clients and company. With all the trust I have become the agent that I am. It allows me to build strong and lasting connections with the community and all my clients. I strive to be the best mom, wife, Real Estate professional, leader and role model. I am always learning and ready to go above for my family, friends, co-workers and even more so for my clients. My clients almost always end up becoming amazing close friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my job and I love nothing more than matching clients with their dream home and completing their dream of becoming a home owner.