How to Protect a Vacant Home

At some point, you’re probably going to sell a house. If you’re lucky, you can sell it quickly—even before you move. If you’re not that fortunate, you’ll have to leave your property empty until a purchase goes through. Vacant homes are more susceptible to robbery and vandalism, so you need to be careful. Check out these tips for protecting unoccupied houses.

 

Get vacant home insurance.

 

Call one of our agents and get a quote for vacant home insurance. It’s a type of coverage that can be offered for shorter periods—even 3- to-6 months—and protects against the basic perils of lightning, fire, windstorm, and hail. You can also add coverage for vandalism as an endorsement.

 

Lock your house up tight.

 

Not only should you lock your doors and windows before you leave, but also make sure those doors and windows are secure. Replace locks if needed, install deadbolts, and keep your alarm system activated if possible. Seal up any pet doors, as well, so wandering rodents can’t get inside.

 

Keep up appearances.

 

Don’t advertise a vacant home. Have a lawn care company keep the yard and bushes in order and install motion-sensing lights on your house, garage, and outdoor buildings. You could also install an automatic sprinkler system to keep the lawn and plants green and healthy. Shady individuals will be less likely to bother the property if they think it’s occupied.

 

Recruit a neighbor to help.

 

Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the house and call the police if anything suspicious happens. You can also give them a key so they can open the door for plumbers or electricians if needed. If you’re particularly anxious about your vacant home, ask a neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally and maintain the illusion of occupancy.